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Politicians Sound Off After Mass Shooting Reignites Gun Control Debate

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Many politicians are calling for stronger gun control in the wake of yesterday's mass shooting.

The debate always seems to heat up in the wake of tragedy.

In Southern California, this is the second mass shooting in less than a week.

Those with the power to make changes are sounding off and going after each other, and some not pulling any punches.

"God isn't fixing this." A bold statement in bold print on the front page of the NY Daily News.


The paper's response flanked by the tweets from politicians, messages of thoughts and prayers following Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernardino.

It was the deadliest gun rampage since 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

President Barack Obama said, "We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world, and there are some steps we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don't happen as frequently."

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter, "I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now."


Her rival, Bernie Sanders, tweeted, "Mass shootings are becoming an almost everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop."


Meanwhile, Doctor Ben Carson also used strong language.

"Again another hate crime in San Bernardino. Less than a week ago we had the shooting in Colorado."

Donald Trump started his Virginia rally with a moment of silence. Other GOP candidates asked for thoughts and prayers.

Language Democratic Senator Chris Murphy seemed to have a problem with it.

A staunch advocate of gun control ever since the Sandy Hook massacre in his home state, he tweeted, "Your 'thoughts' should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your 'prayers' should be for forgiveness if you do nothing—again."


Obama said on CBS News, "We should come together in a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these rare, as opposed to normal."

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