Texas school shooting: Alcee Hastings blasts Republicans, other pols weigh in

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, quickly pointed to Republican opposition to gun control after this morning’s shooting at a high school near Houston, Texas.

Preliminary reports say at least eight people were killed in the shooting.

“Watching yet another school shooting unfold, knowing that Republicans in Congress have blocked every single effort to reform gun control, is heartbreaking and infuriating. We are averaging 1 school shooting per week with casualties. @SpeakerRyan when will enough be enough?” Hastings tweeted at 11:31 a.m.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in an afternoon news conference, said the guns used in the mass shooting — a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver — were owned legally by the suspect’s father. Abbott said it wasn’t clear whether the father knew his son had the guns.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, also a gun control advocate, is waiting to form judgments.

“Heartbreaking news. I’m monitoring the situation, and my thoughts are with the victims, their families, and the students of Santa Fe High School,” Frankel told her Twitter followers at 11:30 .am.

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, whose district includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, tweeted: “It’s been three months since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas. If you are watching this, it should move you to tears. More important, if you’re an elected official, it should move you to action to keep kids safe. And if it doesn’t, then just get the hell out of our way.”

Later, Deutch added: “Another piece of our heart was torn out of us this morning. To the grieving families and survivors, please know that all of us South Florida are here for you. Just like the families and communities of Columbine and Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook and Dunblane have been with us.”

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said on Twitter that he is “Praying for all those in Texas today. At some point, we as a society have to say enough is enough. We have to come together and do more to protect our kids in school.”

Said Florida Gov. Rick Scott: “My wife, Ann, and I are devastated to learn of the tragic school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas today. I just spoke to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and offered any assistance or support they may need in response to this horrific act of violence against innocent students, teachers and law enforcement. As we continue to mourn the loss we experienced in Florida on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, we unfortunately know the enormity of the grief they are experiencing and our hearts are broken over this senseless tragedy.”



Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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