Over the weekend, Jacksonville faced a shooting at a video game competition. Three people including the shooter were killed, and 11 people were injured.
In response to the crime, Democratic candidates for Florida Governor released statements.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum commented that “This gun violence epidemic must stop, and we simply cannot let this become the new normal. Too many lives are being snuffed out far too soon in everyday places like our high school football games, movie theaters, shopping malls, and public schools. As long as we let this absurd status quo continue, in which the gun lobby controls our elected officials, this bloodshed will continue. I will lift the victims’ families up in prayer tonight, and as our next Governor, I will do everything in my power to finally pass the common sense gun safety laws we so badly need in the Sunshine State.”
In addition, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine commented that “I am horrified and I am furious. The shootings are too many to count—in our schools, neighborhoods and nightclubs. Our thoughts are with the victims, but we should all be outraged. Too many lives are destroyed, while leaders take no action. It’s time for new leaders.”
Also, Gwen Graham, Chris King and Jeff Greene took to twitter to share their thoughts:
I am tired of hearing 'when is enough going to be enough.'
I am tired of hearing 'thoughts and prayers' from those who do nothing.
We need to end these mass shootings — and the only way to do that is to vote out the politicians complicit in this cycle of death. https://t.co/3qrgkV7AbE
— Gwen Graham (@GwenGraham) August 26, 2018
There’s been a terrible tragedy in Jacksonville. We have to keep fighting for a future free of gun violence, whether it’s mass shootings or the everyday gun violence that doesn’t make the front pages. Not one more.
— Chris King (@ChrisKingFL) August 26, 2018
No more. These are our kids. Our friends. Our neighbors. We MUST stand up to the @NRA, & the politicians whose negligence has led to lives being lost. My heart goes out to the victims & their families, bystanders & first responders. #FlaPol #FLGov #Sayfie https://t.co/T4CWsXkYR9
— Jeff Greene (@JeffGreeneFL) August 26, 2018