America Is Reeling From The Deadliest School Shooting In U.S. History, Thoughts And Prayers Just Aren't Enough
According to reports, an estimated 17 people were killed in yesterday's shooting.
Residents in Parkland, Florida, are in mourning after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting claimed 17 lives.
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The shooter was identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who purchased an AR-15 legally a year ago, according to the Associated Press.
Cruz, who was orphaned and troubled according to reports, has been charged with 17 counts of murder in the deadliest high school shooting since Columbine where 13 people were gunned down and both shooters committed suicide.
Blavity initially reported that the shooting took place around class dismissal, and the school went into lockdown immediately as the sounds of gunshots broke out. Video from students, while the shooter was active, showed the horror as Cruz, who is reportedly also part of a white supremacist group, wandered around the school. After being apprehended by authorities, Cruz was hospitalized for labored breathing, per the AP, and was held without bond and booked into jail.
Politicians and other Americans took to Twitter to comment on yesterday's tragedy as well as the 17 other mass shootings that have happened this year.
Per usual, many offered their "thoughts and prayers," but that's simply not enough. People are dying because gun laws in America are too lax -- meanwhile, conservatives demand that the shooting not be politicized while liberals have renewed their call for gun law reform.
When is enough, enough!?! How much bloodshed, how many more deaths!?!— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 14, 2018
My heart breaks at the news from Florida.
I mourn the senseless loss of life. This must not be normal, such carnage must not be routine.
Thoughts and prayers are not enough.
Our nation must act.
This cannot be a political issue. We have to have smart gun safety laws - our babies are being slaughtered. pic.twitter.com/Z62eK5LkhP— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) February 15, 2018
One shoe bomber tried to blow up a plane and now we are forced to take off our shoes.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 14, 2018
1606 mass shootings since Sandy Hook Elementary School and Congress has done NOTHING.
President Barack Obama also issued a statement calling on the need for stronger gun laws:
We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018