Democrats slammed President Donald Trump and his party in the wake of the latest deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, Friday, condemning congressional inaction on gun control after the massacre in Parkland, Florida, three months ago.
Rep. Ted Deutch, the Democrat who represents Parkland, criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for failing to bring up legislation on universal background checks after the school shooting in his district.
“It’s not too soon. It’s too late. For at least 8 families. For thousands more student-survivors at Santa Fe High School,” Deutch tweeted.
It’s not too soon. It’s too late.
For at least 8 families. For thousands more student-survivors at Santa Fe High School. @SpeakerRyan, you’ve had 3 months since our meeting to ready universal background checks for the floor.
How many more?
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) May 18, 2018
He was seen by a reporter hugging Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, who represents Santa Fe.
Lawmakers from states devastated by school shootings — like the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn. that left 27 dead — were among the most outspoken in saying that Congress has not done enough.
“Let’s call it like it is: the horrifying inaction of Congress, slaughter after slaughter, has become a green light to would-be shooters, who pervert silence into endorsement,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.
Let’s call it like it is: the horrifying inaction of Congress, slaughter after slaughter, has become a green light to would-be shooters, who pervert silence into endorsement.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) May 18, 2018
However, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., referenced “recently passed” reforms in a statement expressing his grief.
“It is urgent that we implement the reforms Congress recently passed to make schools safer and keep deadly weapons away from those who should not have them,” Ryan said.
He did not offer specifics, though the Fix NICS Act, a limited background check bill that seeks to improve enforcement of the existing system by prodding various agencies to keep their records updated, was rolled into the omnibus government spending bill that was signed into law in March.
“This is a time to come together in support of the Santa Fe community,” Ryan said.
Many Democrats who spoke out noted the historic protests students have lead in recent months calling for gun control — and lamented the now-familiar cycle of the country reacting to mass shootings.
“Millions of young people are raising their voices and bravely, eloquently insisting on action to end the gun violence epidemic. Congress must show as much courage as they have,” House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.
“Only in America are school shootings normal. Only in America will we do nothing when an epidemic of gun violence is killing children. This has to stop,” tweeted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
“I will not stand for this and neither should you,” wrote former Rep. Gabby Giffords, a victim of gun violence and staunch advocate for gun control.
“Enough is enough is enough,” said former Vice President Joe Biden in a tweet.
“Students across America have come together to push for a better future & Congress has failed them,” Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., wrote in a tweet, while Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore, called for “common-sense steps NOW.”