On Wednesday the U.S. suffered yet another tragic school shooting, this one taking place in Parkland, Fla. at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Nikolas Cruz, a 19 year old who previously attended the school, killed 17 people on Wednesday. A leader of Republic of Florida, a white supremacist group, claimed Cruz as a member but according to The New York Times said the shooter “acted on his own behalf of what he just did and he’s solely responsible for what he just did.”
Thoughts and prayers are being sent up all over the country for victims of the shooting; here are some of the reactions from Alabama politicians:
Gov. Kay Ivey (via Twitter):
At the request of the president, I’m directing flags to be lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for victims of the FL school shooting yesterday. The students, faculty and families affected by this tragedy remain in my prayers. Alabama stands with our neighbors in Florida. pic.twitter.com/1fKxKKZpPu
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (via Twitter):
Praying for everyone affected by the devastating school shooting in Florida. This tragedy is truly horrific. Thankful for the first responders.
I am heartbroken for the students and their families who were impacted by today’s school shooting in Florida. Tragedies like this are senseless. No child should risk their life just to go to school.
Horrific reports out of Florida. The images and videos are heartbreaking. Take a moment to stop what you are doing and say a prayer for the students, families, and everyone impacted by this tragedy.
This situation is both heartbreaking and horrifying. As we learn more details, please join me in praying for the people involved in this tragic, senseless event.
Alabama 3rd District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (via Facebook):
Our thoughts and prayers are with the 17 victims, all injured and the families of all those affected tonight. Our prayers are with you.
Alabama 4th District U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (via Twitter):
My heart breaks for the innocent life lost in Florida this afternoon.
Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (via news release):
My heart goes out to the victims, their families, and to the Parkland community. Our schools should be places where our children are loved, where they learn, and where they are kept safe. When classrooms are turned into crime scenes, when our students and teachers are terrorized by guns, something has gone horribly wrong. This is not the first school shooting our nation has witnessed, it is not the second, it is the 239th school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre. There is an epidemic of gun violence in America, and every day Congress fails to address this epidemic, more students, more teachers, more parents and brothers and sisters are killed.
Americans are tired of Congress’s inaction and silent acceptance of the status quo in the face of gun violence. The time for action, the time to strengthen background checks and ban bump stocks and close the gun show loophole is now. I have always been a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, but Congress can no longer settle for symbolic gestures when gun violence kills more Americans every day.
Alabama House Democratic Leader Anthony Daniels (via a news release):
“It is a another sad day in our nation. My heart cries out for the victims at Sherman Douglass High School in Florida. Our schools, houses of worship, movie theaters and outdoor music concerts should always be safe places for our children to learn and families to gather and celebrate. We cannot become numb nor allow such violence and cruelty to become our new normal. We must summon a deep well of courage to rise up and remove any notion that we are helpless against such evil. We will not make space for those who choose violence as an answer or an expression of their own pain and hate. We will continue to stand and fight against them. Period.”