'We Need to Act': New England Lawmakers React to Santa Fe High School Massacre - NECN

'We Need to Act': New England Lawmakers React to Santa Fe High School Massacre



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    Lawmakers around New England are reacting to the latest deadly school shooting, this one taking place Friday morning in Santa Fe, Texas.


    "Deeply saddened to hear of the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas," Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted out Friday afternoon. "My heart goes out [sic] everyone impacted by this senseless, horrible violence."

    State Attorney General Maura Healey also took to Twitter to express dismay as about another mass school shooting.

    "Even as I mourn another tragedy, today I'll be grieving for Santa Fe by acting in their name #EnoughIsEnough," she wrote, adding a link to register to vote in another tweet.

    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said her heart was breaking for students and their families.

    "One young person lost to gun violence is one too many," she tweeted. "This cannot continue. #EnoughIsEnough"

    "Congress failed the victims at Santa Fe High School. I am disgusted and angry that we continue to fail our kids. I grieve with the families and friends who have lost loved ones," U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said, adding, "But thoughts and prayers must be accompanied by real solutions. Otherwise, it's an empty platitude."

    "Thinking and praying harder won't stop this," U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III tweeted. "We need to act. Heartbroken for #SantaFe."


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    Sen. Maggie Hassan tweeted that her heart was going out to the Santa Fe community.

    "Enough is enough: this is a horror that students and teachers should never have to face," she wrote. "Congress must act to prevent these senseless acts of gun violence."

    "Deeply saddened at the senseless act of violence in Santa Fe this morning," Gov. Chris Sununu tweeted. "Valerie's and my thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this horrible tragedy."


    "These shootings have become an all-too-common reality for our nation," U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree tweeted. "In the months since 17 were killed in #Parkland, the nation's students have demanded that we take action to keep them safe. This is yet another tragic reminder that we must listen to them."


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    In a series of tweets, Sen. Bernie Sanders called for Congress and President Donald Trump to stand up to the NRA.

    "The American people, gun owners and non-gun owners alike, overwhelmingly support common sense gun safety legislation," he wrote. "It's time to act."


    Gov. Gina Raimondo said it was important to mourn for those lost in Friday's shooting, but added it was "important" to call for change.

    "Our country cannot -- and should not -- accept a reality in which we continually fail to keep our children safe from gun violence," she tweeted.

    In a tweet, Sen. Jack Reed said he was "saddened & angered" to hear of the massacre at Santa Fe High School.

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    "Congress should follow example of those brave enough to confront adversity, not hide from it," he wrote. "Congress can take needed, bipartisan steps to reduce #gunviolence, if lawmakers can summon the courage."


    Gov. Dannel Malloy, who helped lead Connecticut's response to the Sandy Hook massacre, called for "meaningful, comprehensive" legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

    "Our country is exhausted by these tragedies and we have run out of patience," he tweeted.

    "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," Sen. Chris Murphy said on social media.

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