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Democrats Rush to Politicize Florida School Shooting

Students are evacuated by police from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

On Thursday afternoon, 19-year-old Nikolaus Cruz entered a Florida high school and killed more than a dozen people and injured scores of others. And while the bodies of the victims were still warm and many parents of victims were still awaiting news about their children, Democrats, predictably, began calling for limits on gun ownership and blaming Republicans for the violence that ensued at the school.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) was first out of the box, slamming Republicans for not passing legislation to prevent individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns. He called for a “debate” on gun control.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) jumped on the bandwagon next. “Turn on your television right now, you’re going to see scenes of children running for their lives. What looks to be the 19th school shooting in this country and we have not even hit March,” Murphy said. “This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction.”

ABC reporter Cecilia Vega tried to make a bizarre connection between the shooting and the Rob Porter sex scandal that’s roiling the White Hosue. Vega said, “We are expecting a briefing in the hour from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. And of course, as you know, George, this very tragic incident comes as this White House is in turmoil right now over this with this Rob Porter scandal.” She added,  “So they’ve got a lot on their plate here today.”

Others also joined in with their gun control claptrap.

The problem of school shootings is complicated and there are conversations to be had about the societal causes of them and how they might be prevented in the future. But today is not the day for that conversation. Today is a day to mourn the victims and pray for the affected families. The politics can wait.

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