Parkland Survivors, LGBT Community Respond To Santa Fe Shooting

This is the most deadly school shooting since Parkland, prompting more calls for gun control.

Ten people have been killed in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas.

Police said nine students and one teacher at Santa Fe High School, 35 miles southeast of Houston died in the attack, CNN reports. Explosive devices were found at the school, as well as off campus, but do not appear to have been detonated.

A male suspect, believed to be a student, has been arrested. A second individual, who is also believed to be a student, has been detained as a person of interest.

This is the most deadly school shooting since the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in March that began a nationwide movement calling for increased gun control that included the March For Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. and the National School Walkout.

The March For Our Lives Twitter account posted a statement of solidarity with the Santa Fe community, and urged “those reading this not to sweep it under the rug and forget.”

Parkland survivors have also taken to Twitter to respond to this latest mass shooting.

The LGBT community, which has become increasingly active in the fight for gun control following the 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, is also speaking out.

“Gun violence is an epidemic in the Unites States of America. It’s a public health crisis and it needs to get address as a public health crisis,” Kevin Herzog, an organizer with Gays Against Guns, told NewNowNext. “It shares many of the same characteristics: It’s preventable, it’s communicable, and we don’t do anything as a culture and as a society to prevent these shootings.”

The Human Rights Campaign tweeted a call for stricter gun laws, as did its executive director, Chad Griffin.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who is openly bisexual, tweeted out a call for “local and national action to stop gun violence.”

Meanwhile, a 2015 tweet from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is resurfacing in light of the shooting, in which he encourages more Texans to buy firearms, citing a report that the state was second in the nation in new purchases to California.

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