How the 2016 presidential candidates are reacting to the California mass shooting
Source: Wash post
The leading Democratic presidential candidates reacted to the deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday with calls to stop gun violence. Much of the Republican field offered thoughts and prayers to victims, first responders and others affected by the killings, but did not mention guns laws or gun violence more generally.
Below is a sampling of the early reactions the candidates offered on Twitter. We’ll update our rundown as we get more comments.
I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. -H https://t.co/SkKglwQycb
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2015
Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 2, 2015
California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2015
Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting. — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino. — Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) December 2, 2015
Praying for all those victimized by the shootings in San Bernardino, California today. — Governor Christie (@GovChristie) December 2, 2015
Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino who willingly go into harm’s way to save others — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 2, 2015
Praying for those impacted by the shooting in California today.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 2, 2015
My thoughts & prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting in San Bernardino, especially the first responders. -John — John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 2, 2015
Praying for the victims and first responders in #SanBernardino for a quick resolution.
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) December 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and brave first responders during this unspeakable tragedy. — Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 2, 2015
Later in the afternoon, at an event in South Carolina, Ben Carson described the San Bernardino shooting as “another hate crime.”
“At least 14 people killed,” he added. “Less than a week ago we had the shooting in Colorado. Look at the things that are going on around the world… Just hatred and evil. We need to be able to combat these things because otherwise we will melt into despair and that’s not who we are.”
Asked later why he had classified Wednesday’s shooting as a hate crime, Carson elaborated: “It’s hard to imagine that you would shoot a bunch of people if you didn’t hate them,” he said. “You don’t do that to people you love.”
As law enforcement confronted shooting suspects, Trump tweeted again, saying later he would pay tribute to the victims at his campaign rally in Virginia Wednesday evening:
Jose DelReal in Spartanburg, S.C. contributed to this report.