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Democratic Presidential Candidates Immediately Call for Stricter Gun Control After San Bernardino Shooting


"Enough is enough: it's time to stand up to the @NRA"

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The 2016 candidates took to social media Wednesday afternoon in the wake of reports of a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, expressing shock and outrage over the latest mass-casualty gun crime to take place on U.S. soil.

And though details were scarce in the hours following initial reports of the shooting, all three Democratic hopefuls weighed in immediately on gun control.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley tweeted,"Horrifying news out of #SanBernardino. Enough is enough: it's time to stand up to the @NRA and enact meaningful gun safety laws."

And former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also piled on the gun control issue, after retweeting news of the 20-victim incident by the New York Times, saying, "I refuse to accept this as normal," she wrote. "We must take action to stop gun violence now."

Clinton signed the tweet "-H," which means the candidate wrote it herself rather than a staffer.

Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made a similar point, tweeting, "Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop."

While each Democratic hopeful used the word "gun" in his or her response, none of the Republican candidates did.

As many on Twitter focused on breaking news in California, GOP hopeful and businessman Donald Trump sent a string of tweets about how he beat Clinton in the latest Fox News poll, a link to a Breitbart story about Muslims celebrating Sept. 11, 2001 in New Jersey. Then he turned his attention to the shooting, writing, "California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!"

On Facebook, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wrotesaid, "Praying for those impacted by the shooting in California today."

Praying for those impacted by the shooting in California today.

Posted by Mike Huckabee on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson struck a similar tone, saying on Twitter, "My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino."

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said, "Thoughts & prayers are with #SanBernadino."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also took to Twitter, saying, "Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting."

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