House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined a bevy of Hollywood personalities calling for greater gun control measures following the Wednesday shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead, while actor Adam Baldwin said the better response is within the schools themselves.
“Too many of these instances take place across the country. As leaders, we have a moral obligation to prevent them and protect our communities. We need more than thoughts and prayers #EnoughIsEnough,” Pelosi tweeted.
Too many of these instances take place across the country. As leaders, we have a moral obligation to prevent them and protect our communities. We need more than thoughts and prayers. #EnoughIsEnough https://t.co/gtGB0x7rua
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) February 14, 2018
In response to Pelosi’s tweet, actor Baldwin wrote that schools need better security including not just armed guards, but volunteer staff members with concealed carry permits.
Again, the shooter was stopped by people with firearms.
Schools need armed security and volunteer staff members with CCW.
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) February 14, 2018
Security expert Mark Fuhrman agreed that better school security is needed.
Mark Fuhrman: "I think you need to make school security a specialty. You need to make it a specialty just like terrorism. You need to have young officers that are motivated, and in the beginning of their career that are sharp…" pic.twitter.com/xR4WPQNThG
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 15, 2018
“I think you need to make school security a specialty,” Fuhrman said. “You need to make it a specialty just like terrorism.”
However, Baldwin and Fuhrman were countered by an abundance of liberal entertainers using the tragedy to push anti-Trump, anti-gun and anti-God talking points.
Actor Mark Ruffalo went so far as to say God does not respond to just thoughts and prayers.
Prayers without accordant action are silent lies told to oneself, heard by no God, amounting to nothing. Action is the language of truth, the prayers of the Saints.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 14, 2018
Actress Elizabeth Banks joined in the chorus of calls for government action over prayers.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) February 15, 2018
Talk show host Chelsea Handler called for Americans to elect candidates that are not supported by the National Rifle Association.
“It is disgusting how many times this has happened and Republicans do nothing. You all have blood on your hands,” she tweeted.
We have to elect candidates that are not funded by the NRA in November. We have an opportunity to elect candidates who won’t allow kids to go to school and get shot. It is disgusting how many times this has happened and Republicans do nothing. You all have blood on your hands.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 14, 2018
Actor and director Rob Reiner managed to tie the shooting to Trump and Russia, saying the chief executive “refuses to support sensible gun safety laws.”
There was a time when the GOP was the party of national security. When Trump refuses to acknowledge Russia’s attack on US, he refuses to protect US from without. When he refuses to support sensible gun safety, he refuses to protect US from within.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) February 15, 2018
Conservative commentator Lawrence Meyers, writing for Townhall, noted that after a rash of school shootings in the 1970s, Israel implemented security features and active shooter protocols at schools, which ended the problem.
“Guards don’t just stand around,” he wrote. “They check everyone entering, and engage threats.”
“And yeah, they’ve got guns.The lawful purposes for carrying guns are very clear: protect school personnel and students, create a sense of security, deter the ill-intentioned, and provide self-defense,” Meyers added.
Following Wednesday’s shooting, California Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein tweeted that she has introduced legislation to impose a new assault weapons ban.
She pointed out the shooter used an AR-15, which is a semi-automatic weapon that would be covered by the ban.
Another mass shooting. Reportedly another AR-15. My bill to ban assault weapons is ready for a vote. How long will we accept weapons of war being used to slaughter our children?
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) February 15, 2018
Dudley Brown, president of the National Association of Gun Rights, in a statement to The Western Journal, said, “The 10-year Feinstein ban (passed in the 1990s) on so-called ‘Assault Weapons’ and normal capacity magazines did nothing to reduce mass shootings or crimes, and was roundly dismissed as a failure, even by gun control fanatics.”
Erich Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, agreed that more gun control measures will not address the mass shootings issue.
“[I]t is disgusting to see media pundits and politicians calling for gun control as the knee-jerk reaction to this tragedy,” he stated. “The fact is this tragedy happened in a gun free zone, where sadly over 98 percent of the public mass shootings occur.
“Furthermore, anti-gun liberals tell us that these types of shootings don’t occur in other countries. But that’s a lie. The U.S. is not even in the top ten when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings,” said Pratt.
As to the prevalence of privately owned weapons in the U.S., Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro tweeted a chart following the Las Vegas shooting last October showing that the murder rate has been trending down for decades in the U.S., despite gun ownership increasing significantly.