Some people can’t wait to politically bank off a tragedy.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) reacted to Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL with a call for stricter gun control, saying “damn right … it’s absolutely not too soon to yet.”
The congresswoman’s remarks came in the immediate aftermath of the deadly shooting that left 17 dead and 15 wounded.
The shooter, 19-year-old Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, was a former student at the school who was expelled for disciplinary problems and was considered by peers to have the potential to carry out a mass shooting.
“Honestly, a lot of people were saying it was gonna be him,” one student told WSVN.
“When it comes to guns, there’s this sacred right to have a gun that is stopping us from doing anything about this, and you know we’re gonna go through this again in a couple months,” MCNBC’s Chris Matthews asserted.
“No, you’re damn right, Chris,” Wasserman-Schultz responded.” And it’s absolutely not too soon to yet again say that something has to be done about access to guns in this country.”
The former Democratic National Committee chairwoman echoed remarks by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who on Wednesday attributed the shooting to the government’s “inaction” on passing more restrictive gun control laws.
Wasserman-Schultz also made the case for gun control on Twitter, calling for an end to the “epidemic of gun violence.”
I am closely monitoring the developing situation at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. The victims are weighing heavy in my heart as is the courage of the first responders on the scene. This senseless violence must end.
— Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) February 14, 2018
I stand with my community and our families and ask all Americans to keep the victims and their loved ones in their prayers this evening. No American should have to feel the pain that Broward County is feeling tonight. We cannot allow this epidemic of gun violence to continue.
— Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) February 15, 2018
The lawmaker also told Chris Matthews that she wants to see changes in how mental health situations are handled.
“But just as important, something has to be done about making sure that people who have mental health challenges get the help that they need.
“I mean, this was a young man from the conversations I’ve had with folks at home today who you know, there are always those kids at schools who other kids say you know, if someone’s going to come and shoot up the school, this is the kid that would do it. …
“We have to address the inability for us to once and for all get guns and keep them from the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.”
Were Wasserman-Schultz’s words the right ones for the situation?