2020 Democrats renew calls for gun reform after Gilroy shooting
Democratic White House hopefuls are renewing their calls for gun control following Sunday’s shooting in Gilroy, Calif., that left at least three dead.
Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), who has pledged executive action on gun control if she is elected president, called the shooting at the yearly garlic festival “simply horrific.”
“Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate,” she tweeted.
Simply horrific. I’m grateful to the first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy, and my thoughts are with that community tonight. Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate. https://t.co/WqWNxGAQnA
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 29, 2019
Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), who has proposed a national licensing program for guns, called gun violence “out of control.”
“We’re still waiting on all the details from Gilroy, but my heart is already breaking for the victims and their families and the survivors,” he tweeted. “The gun violence epidemic in this country is out of control. Please be safe and take care of one another.”
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We’re still waiting on all the details from Gilroy, but my heart is already breaking for the victims and their families and the survivors. The gun violence epidemic in this country is out of control. Please be safe and take care of one another. https://t.co/lrOA0gh6VD
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 29, 2019
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro criticized people who lament attacks but don’t defend gun reform.
“Heartbreaking news out of Gilroy, California as another community copes with a mass shooting,” the former San Antonio mayor tweeted. “Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough—we must do more to prevent these tragic attacks.”
Heartbreaking news out of Gilroy, California as another community copes with a mass shooting. Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough—we must do more to prevent these tragic attacks.https://t.co/rdmcaf08Tj
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) July 29, 2019
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMinnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Congress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left MORE (D-Ohio), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Overnight Energy: US Park Police say ‘tear gas’ statements were ‘mistake’ | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE, who have all called for restricting assault weapons, also joined calls for reform following the shooting.
This violence is not normal. How many more families will have to lose a loved one before we fix our broken gun laws? We must take action, starting with real reform.
Our thoughts are with everyone in Gilroy this evening. Enough is enough. https://t.co/wHqY9RE8Nu
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 29, 2019
This is sickening to wake up to.
Our corrupt political system, which is controlled by the gun lobby, has a lot of waking up to do.
When our children are being shot in places that should be safest, we’re failing. Let’s get serious about gun control. https://t.co/gzQHkQoFf2
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 29, 2019
Heart breaking for the Gilroy community. There’s no end to gun violence in our communities until we take action. https://t.co/0in455a1YU
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) July 29, 2019
Sending love to all who are hurting tonight—and all who are affected by the 40,000 gun deaths in America each year. We can accept this as our fate or we can change it. Following the lead of the students marching for their lives, and for all of ours, I know we can end this crisis.
— Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (@BetoORourke) July 29, 2019
We cannot continue to confront gun violence with empty words.
No one should fear for their family’s safety when they go to a festival, to school, or to a movie.
— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) July 29, 2019
As many as 15 people were injured in Sunday’s shooting.
Gilroy Police Chief Scott Smithee said that gun shots were heard at 5:41 p.m. and officers engaged a shooter, who was killed, in less than a minute.
Police are looking for a possible second suspect, who Smithee said may have been “involved in some way, we just don’t know in what way.”
The tragedy is the worst active-shooter incident since May, when 12 people were killed in Virginia Beach.