The sheriff of Broward County, Florida, issued a political ultimatum on gun control Thursday in the wake of the deadly shooting at a local high school.
Politicians who don’t support gun control, Sheriff Scott Israel said, won’t win re-election:
“If you’re an elected official, and you want to keep things the way they are, and not do things differently, if you want to keep the gun laws as they are now, you will not get re-elected in Broward County.”
Israel made the bold remarks during a Thursday night vigil. His comments were met with cheers from locals mourning the 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The vigil, held near the high school, drew roughly 1,000 people, Fox News reported. At one point, attendees began chanting, “No more guns! No more guns!”
Earlier in the day, Israel said there needs to be greater focus on mental health in the United States:
“While people who are the victim of mental health illnesses in this country are being treated, in the opinion of this sheriff, they should not be able to buy, surround themself, purchase, or carry a handgun. Those two things don’t mix.”
The Florida sheriff is not alone in calling for increased gun control. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) urged President Donald Trump to “get off his a**” and advocate for gun control.