Following the recent Virginia Beach shooting at the municipal corporation building on Friday afternoon, the count of mass shooting has reached to two in less than a week. The indiscriminate mass shooting in Virginia targeted at least 18 people, out of which 12 faced tragic deaths and six are wouded.
The mass shooting is claimed to be the work of a disgruntled worker, who avenged being fired from the job. The shooter was shot dead in the cross firing by the police. Reportedly, a police officer was also shot at, but survived, thanks to the bulletproof vest.
The Virginia Beach shooting has sparked criticism for the GOP not only from the 2020 Democratic hopefuls, but also from chairman of House Judiciary Jerry Nadler.
Virginia Mayor Bobby Dyer, said, “This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach. The people involved are our friends, coworkers, neighbor, colleagues.”
In regards with the mass shootings in the US, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, in a straightforward interview said, “Australia experienced a massacre and changed its laws. New Zealand has had its experience and changed its laws. To be honest with you, I don’t understand the United States.”
While condemning the Virginia Beach shooting, Democratic hopefuls also sympathized with the victims and called for a change.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said, “11 innocent lives cut down. 11 more futures denied. When will we finally say enough is enough? It’s long past time to hold our leaders accountable. Jill and I are heartbroken that more American families are suffering tonight in Virginia Beach.”
Similarly, another hopeful, Kamala Harris said, “Heartbroken for the victims and their families of the Virginia Beach shooting and grateful for the first responders on the scene. This senseless act of violence should not be normal. Too many communities have been shattered by gun violence — we cannot continue to stand idly by.”
Elizabeth Warren also came forward in condemning the Virginia Beach shooting and posted a heartfelt message on Twitter, “I’m heartsick and praying for the victims and their loved ones. Eleven people should not have been murdered today. How many lives will it take before Congress acts to end this crisis?”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is also in the over-crowded race of 2020, said, “Another horrific shooting shocks the nation, this time in Virginia Beach. We grieve with those impacted even as we await more information. Already, this much is clear: it is unacceptable for America to remain the only developed country where this is routine. We must act.”
Qasim Rashid, running for the Virginia Senate, also posted a message on Twitter, drawing attention on some of the unnecessary work done by the GOP for the US. His message also focused on the GOP’s failure in enforcing strict gun laws.
As the nation mourns the lives lost during the Virginia Beach shooting, it’s time for the government to start working on important issues faced by the people rather than focusing on border walls.