Congressional Democrats React to Florida High School Shooting

Congressional Democrats spoke out about gun control legislation following reports of a shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school Wednesday, saying mass shootings on this scale only happen in the United States.

“Let me just note once again for my colleagues that this happens nowhere else other than the United States of America, this epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said from the Senate floor. “It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.”

Murphy continued: “As a parent it scares me to death that this body doesn’t take seriously the safety of my children. And it seems like a lot of parents in South Florida are going to be asking that same question later today.”

Reactions from fellow Democrats poured in over Twitter as authorities continued to evacuate students and investigate the scene:

The shooting began Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. At least 17 people have died, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

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