Within hours of the news of yet-another deadly school shooting on Friday–this one at Santa Fe High School near Houston, TX — elected officials across New Hampshire’s partisan divide were speaking out on the terrible event that left as least 10 people dead.
Deeply saddened at the senseless act of violence in Santa Fe this morning. Valerie’s and my thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this horrible tragedy.
— Chris Sununu (@GovChrisSununu) May 18, 2018
Our hearts go out to the entire community of Santa Fe, Texas. Enough is enough: this is a horror that students and teachers should never have to face. Congress must act to prevent these senseless acts of gun violence.
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) May 18, 2018
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sent out a tweet linking to this video of Santa Fe High student Paige Curry that has gone viral:
“Our children have come to wonder ‘when’ not ‘if’ their school will experience a shooting,” Sen. Shaheen tweeted. “Thoughts & prayers are not enough without meaningful action to end gun violence. Children deserve so much better.”
My heart goes out to everyone impacted by tragic shooting in Sante Fe, TX. School shootings have been going on too long & it’s time Congress act to protect schoolchildren & keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves or others. https://t.co/ThkhLRXcQB
— Ann McLane Kuster (@RepAnnieKuster) May 18, 2018
Even before the Sante Fe shooting, some prominent Granite State Democrats were promoting the idea of repealing the Second Amendment. Democrats running in the primary to replace Rep. Carol Shea-Porter have made new gun control laws a central part of the campaign.
That certainly is the case with Rep. Carol Shea-Porter:
I cry, pray each time lives are lost due to gun violence. Gun safety bills are blocked by Speaker Paul Ryan, who decides if there’s a vote in the House on gun safety. There are a lot of good bills that won’t see the light of day until Republicans lose the House. Cry. Pray. Vote.
— Carol Shea-Porter (@TeamSheaPorter) May 19, 2018
And potential presidential candidates like former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley insisted during a recent visit to New Hampshire that “gun control is a winning issue for Democrats in 2020.”
Events like the shooting in Texas will no doubt keep the issue of guns and legislation at the forefront of the 2018 midterm elections here in New Hampshire.