US officials and public figures have reacted with various brands of outrage following the fatal shooting of 10 people ‒ one teacher and nine students ‒ at Santa Fe High School in Texas.
Survivors of the Parkland High School shooting struck a frustrated tone as they bemoaned the lack of action from US politicians since the February attack on their school, in which 17 people died.
David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and Emma Gonzalez, who have since gone on to become high-profile advocates for gun control, each took to Twitter to deliver their verdict about the shooting and the influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) on US politics.
Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 18, 2018
At least 8 students have been shot and killed at Santa Fe High School.
Prepare to watch the NRA boast about getting higher donations.
Prepare to see students rise up and be called ‘civil terrorists’ and crisis actors.
Prepare for the right-wing media to attack the survivors.
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) May 18, 2018
Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) May 18, 2018
Some commentators took exception to the Texas Lieutenant-governor Dan Patrick’s assertion that there are too many entrances to schools, and that’s why shootings happen.
“Had there been one single entrance possibly for every student, maybe he would have been stopped,” Patrick said. His comments drew the ire of broadcaster Piers Morgan, who issued a particularly withering response.
That has to be one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. Ask any fire chief.
— Susan Trefry 🌊 (@strefry) May 18, 2018
Then what happens when the school catches fire? NRA puppets twist themselves into pretzels thinking of ways to reduce gun violence that have nothing to do with guns.
— Pamela Okano (@pokano) May 18, 2018
Calls for more gun control are common in the aftermath of mass shootings, yet some were quick to point out that standard laws prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from owning a gun. The reported shooter, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is said to have used a shotgun and a .38 revolver he took from his father.
— James L Jukins (@JamesJukins) May 18, 2018
Others repeated the controversial suggestion that teachers be armed in order to neutralize school shooters before they get a chance to cause widespread damage.
If Hillary Clinton can come out and call for gun control in the immediate wake of the Texas school shooting, then I have no shame coming out and saying those kids deserved better. They should have been protected by armed guards or teachers. Gun free zones don’t work!
— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox) May 18, 2018
Arm our teachers. Promote “see something, say something”. Hire military veterans to protect our schools.
This carnage must end. Let’s stop playing around and let’s start keeping our schools as safe as we do our airports.
A High School Student
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) May 18, 2018
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