We are only 45 days into 2018 and there has been yet another school shooting, this one in Broward County, Florida. It is at least the 18th school shooting of the year.
The exact number of fatalities at Stoneman Douglas High School remains unknown, but there have been reports of at least 14 victims as of this writing. The shooter is apparently in custody, but it is still considered an active scene. Read the coverage from our sister paper, Miami New Times.
Here is what Arizona politicians have been saying on Twitter about the latest school shooting:
Our prayers are with the victims, families and community at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, as well as all the first responders and medical professionals at the scene.— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) February 14, 2018
We are horrified by the tragedy unfolding at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. Thank you to our brave first responders working to keep students and teachers safe.— Kyrsten Sinema (@RepSinema) February 14, 2018
The safety and security of our children should be our nation’s first and foremost priority. They should not feel threatened or afraid in the classroom. As we await answers from Parkland, Florida, I ask you to keep these young Americans and their families in your prayers.— Rep. Tom O'Halleran (@RepOHalleran) February 14, 2018
We are praying for the victims and their families in Parkland, Florida. May God look after them and all of the first responders who are on the scene.— Steve Montenegro (@SteveMontenegro) February 14, 2018
THIS IS NOT NORMAL— Jevin D. Hodge (@JevinforAZ) February 14, 2018
NOT ONE MORE
My heart is completely broken
My love goes out to the students, teachers, families, and the entire Parkland, Florida community. https://t.co/wC10lAhfUu
Praying for those affected by the terrible events in Florida - awaiting more information - parents, students, teachers, administrators, first responders, all #MarjoryStonemanDouglas High School #CoralSprings https://t.co/H1EhzBTmIp— Dr. Kelli Ward (@kelliwardaz) February 14, 2018
This post has been updated to include tweets after this originally published.
Flags at all state buildings will be lowered to half-staff until sunset, Monday, February 19th in honor and remembrance of the victims of the #Parkland shooting. Our prayers are with them and everyone impacted.— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) February 15, 2018
My heart is broken for the families in Florida. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. We are with you.— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) February 14, 2018
It's astonishing: 18 school shootings in 2018 alone.— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) February 15, 2018
As we keep the people of #Parkland in our thoughts, Congress must stand up to the gun lobby and pass gun safety reforms that protect innocent lives. https://t.co/4HiNEwQvss
Senator John McCain made sure to send his prayers once again, so here's a friendly reminder that he received over seven million dollars from the NRA.
Cindy & I are praying for all those impacted by the senseless shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in #Florida. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, all first responders & the entire Parkland community.— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 15, 2018
Today’s #Parkland shooting was a tragedy. No parent should ever have to worry about their child’s safety as they head off to school.— Martha McSally (@RepMcSally) February 15, 2018
And finally multiple tweets from Representative Ruben Gallego, including calling out Senator Marco Rubio.
Pick the time and let's have this conversation. Then let's pass laws to help prevent this from happening again. Stop giving cover to the NRA. https://t.co/myve7Y9VKy— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 15, 2018
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We shouldn't assume gun control would not have helped. But please give more prayers instead of being a leader. https://t.co/Y6xZRLXfyt— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 15, 2018
Btw if you are under 21 and want to fire weapons like an AR-15 join the military. https://t.co/cnopsqSSHJ— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 15, 2018
As of this writing, Senator Jeff Flake, Representatives David Schweikert, and Andy Biggs are the main elected officials in Arizona to not say anything, though Rep Biggs did retweet the President and Vice President's thoughts and prayers tweets.