Political Candidates Respond to 'Sickening and Senseless' San Bernardino Shooting
As the nation starts healing from the mass shooting in San Bernardino, political figures are weighing in on what happened.
The New York Daily News front page read "God Isn't Fixing This" in response to the comments made by Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who offered prayers to the victims and families.
Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, went to Twitter:
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
Ben Carson Tweeted:
My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino.— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) December 2, 2015
Jeb Bush also offered his prayers:
Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 2, 2015
Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley took a tough stance on Twitter against the NRA:
Hillary Clinton refused to accept this type of occurrence as normal in America:
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
Bernie Sanders echoed similar sentiments:
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
Social media also lit up with celebrity reaction.
Amy Schumer, a vocal critic of gun violence, wrote:
This is absolutely heartbreaking-all my love to everyone in San Bernardino especially the first responders. These shootings must stop.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) December 2, 2015
Christina Applegate tweeted:
Wow. Once again heart is breaking. This has to stop!!!— christina applegate (@1capplegate) December 2, 2015
Queen Latifiah sent out a heartfelt message to her fans:
A picture of a grizzly bear, California’s official state animal hugging the state flag has gone viral as part of #PrayForSanBernadino.
Following the shooting, the Rockefeller Center annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York City saw an avalanche of tighter security. Large parts of Midtown Manhattan were shut down. Everyone entering the area was checked and anyone with an umbrella or book bag couldn't get through to see the lighting.
At the Los Angeles Lakers / Washington Wizards basketball game thousands of fans bowed their heads for a moment of silence as the lights were turned down.
President Obama was about to give CBS a prescheduled interview news of the shooting broke.
He told CBS News: “We should never think that this is just something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it doesn't happen with the same frequency in other countries."
He also said that America’s pattern of mass shootings “has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”