Hillary Clinton is once again calling for stricter gun laws, this time after a mass killing at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school that left 10 dead. On Friday, Clinton tweeted that the crime should inspire “soul searching” and legislation to deal with this “national shame.”
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott also called for action — although he did not specify what — following the tragedy.
Clinton also did not suggest any particular gun controls. In the past, however, she has supported a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. She has also called for universal background checks and laws to prevent mentally ill people from owning guns.
None of these measures would have stopped the Santa Fe killings, however, as the suspect used a his father’s .38 Special revolver and a shotgun. Both were legally owned by the suspect's father.
It is not the first time Clinton has made a push for gun control following a high-profile crime involving firearms.
In the past, Clinton, who has earned an F rating from the NRA, has said she wants legislation that restricts gun ownership for people with mental illnesses.
Every day that we fail to act on gun violence, we are failing our children. This should be a day for soul searching… https://t.co/KeD5UY3Fzt— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton) 1526666564.0
What did the Texas governor say?
Abbott also called for new gun laws after a gunman left at least nine students and one teacher dead Friday. During a press conference, Abbott said he wants new gun laws to "to make sure this tragedy is never repeated."
"We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families," Abbott said, echoing comments made by David Hogg, a student gun control activist from Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School, in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died in a mass killing.
Abbott said he will start roundtable discussions next week with "stakeholders to begin to work immediately on swift solutions to prevent tragedies like these from ever happening again."