Hollywood, the Beltway and gun reform activists – including the Parkland, Florida students who have taken an impressive lead on the topic – responded quickly to today’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. The shooting left 10 dead, including nine students and a teacher. A 17-year-old suspect is in custody, along with a second person, possibly an accomplice.
“Prepare to watch the NRA boast about getting higher donations,” tweeted Parkland survivor Cameron Kasky. “Prepare to see students rise up and be called ‘civil terrorists’ and crisis actors. Prepare for the right-wing media to attack the survivors.”
Kasky’s schoolmate and fellow activist David Hogg wrote, “Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms.”
See all tweets below.
“We can do better than this,” tweeted Ellen DeGeneres. “We must do better than this.”
Among the politicians weighing in were President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Here is a sampling of today’s responses. Deadline will update periodically…
Every day that we fail to act on gun violence, we are failing our children. This should be a day for soul searching across America – and that soul searching should be matched with legislating to begin dealing with this national shame.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 18, 2018
And it will keep happening & happening & happening & happening & happening & happening & happening & happening & happening & happening & happening until our gutless politicians stand up to the #NRA & pass the sensible guns laws the majority of Americans want. https://t.co/335ET7EONk
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 18, 2018
Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 18, 2018
At least 8 students have been shot and killed at Santa Fe High School.
Prepare to watch the NRA boast about getting higher donations.
Prepare to see students rise up and be called ‘civil terrorists’ and crisis actors.
Prepare for the right-wing media to attack the survivors.
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) May 18, 2018
Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) May 18, 2018
To everyone at Santa Fe high school ,I hope youre safe, I’m so sorry this is happening, and I’m so sorry that it continues to https://t.co/zLRbrizYiD one should be in the situation that youre all currently in. Im not going to say thoughts and prayers but instead policy and action
— Sarah Chadwick (@Sarahchadwickk) May 18, 2018
Sending all of my love to the students and families in Santa Fe, Texas. We can do better than this. We must do better than this.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 18, 2018
Sending love to all of the families and students in Santa Fe, Texas. This just has to stop. 💔
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 18, 2018
Heartbroken seeing the news of what happened in Santa Fe this morning. Keeping everyone affected in my prayers.
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) May 18, 2018
We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those affected by the senseless tragedy at Santa Fe High School today. We will hold a moment of silence prior to tonight’s game and fly the Texas flags at MMP at half-staff in support and memory of the victims and their families
— Houston Astros (@astros) May 18, 2018
My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 18, 2018
My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Sending my deepest condolences to the parents, families, and friends grieving the loss of a loved one. Canadians are keeping you in our thoughts today.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 18, 2018
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the victims in today’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) May 18, 2018
We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas. To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever… pic.twitter.com/LtJ0D29Hsv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
Just 1 month ago students @ Santa Fe HS were walking out in protest of gun violence. Now it's hit their school. I don’t know that there are words anymore for what continues to happen in this country. My thoughts are w/ the community and all who have been affected by gun violence.
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) May 18, 2018
Prayers and thoughts going out to the students, faculty, and families of those affected by the Santa Fe High School incident. 😢
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 18, 2018
In 2018, there have been 22 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. That's more than 1 shooting a week.
My heart aches for Santa Fe, but to say today is simply a tragedy isn't enough. If we cannot protect our children we've failed. We need commonsense gun reform. NOW.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 18, 2018
I’m sick and tired of writing this: WE DONT NEED THOGHTS AND PRAYERS. WE NEED REAL LEGISLATIVE CHANGE. How many more children have to die before @realDonaldTrump and others in power have the courage to stand up for those who have been shot down. Santa Fe, my heart is with you
— Christian Navarro (@ChristianLN0821) May 18, 2018
Heartbroken again by these horrible events. Santa Fe, Texas, we stand with you.
— Fergie (@Fergie) May 18, 2018
We are devastated by today’s tragic news from Texas. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and everyone in the Santa Fe High School community.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) May 18, 2018
My heart goes out to all those affected by the school shooting in Santa Fe TX. I'm so sick of this shit. When will we learn?
— Bryan Greenberg (@bryangreenberg) May 18, 2018
Sending thoughts, prayers and love to everyone affected by today's school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.
— Judge Greg Mathis (@JudgeGregMathis) May 18, 2018
Santa Fe Texas. My heart aches for you.
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) May 18, 2018