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Pols Call for Action After Santa Fe Shooting: ‘Horrifying Inaction of Congress’ Is ‘Green Light’ for Shooters

There have been a number of calls for action on gun violence today following the horrific school shooting in Santa Fe this morning.

In remarks earlier this afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that “we need to do more than just pray” and called for action, bringing up background checks and increasing resources to protect schools. He announced roundtable discussions will be held next week to discuss “swift solutions.”

Hillary Clinton tweeted out a message there needs to be “soul searching across America”:

Some Democrats in Congress have been publicly appealing to Speaker Paul Ryan to act:

In his statement this afternoon on the shooting, the Speaker said, “While we need to learn more about what took place here, it is urgent that we implement the reforms Congress recently passed to make schools safer and keep deadly weapons away from those who should not have them.”

Senator Rand Paul, appearing on Fox News earlier this afternoon (video below), said schools need to make it clear they will not “leave our kids defenseless.”

Many Democrats made calls for action on gun violence, with Senator Chris Murphy calling out congressional inaction in particular:

[image via Zach Gibson / Getty Images]

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