Here's How Texas's Members of Congress Responded to (or Ignored) the Florida High School Shooting


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This Valentine's Day, a 19-year-old man carried out one of the deadliest school shootings in modern U.S. history at Parkland, Florida's Majory Stoneman Douglas High School. Expelled student Nikolas Cruz used a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle (the same weapon used to murder 26 Sutherland Springs churchgoers in November) to kill 17 of students and teachers.

These senseless massacres have grown to be incredibly commonplace over a short period of time. According to CNN, three of the top ten deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history have taken place in just the last five months (Parkland, Sutherland Springs, and October's Las Vegas Strip shooting).  Wednesday's Parkland shooting is the 30th mass shooting in 2018 alone, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive. Advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety reports this being the 18th time this year a firearm was discharged on a school campus. Texas saw its own school shooting less than a month ago in the small town of Italy.

We're at the point where these major massacres, often orchestrated by white American men, are almost expected monthly occurrences. Or, in the words of former New York City Police Chief Bill Bratton in a Wednesday interview, "the new normal." It also seems that after each shooting, elected officials who hold the reins to changing laws that make these shooting sprees possible become less and less responsive to the once-rare, horrific scene of a public school littered with sobbing parents, blood-stained asphalt, and yellow tape.

After the Florida shooting, 21 of the Texans we've elected to represent us on Capitol Hill responded to the incident on Twitter (which has become the chosen platform for lawmaker's public statements).

Only two of those lawmakers called for some kind of action to change this pattern. The rest, like Senator Ted Cruz (who received $41,805 in campaign donations from gun rights groups during the 2015-2016 campaign cycle) tossed the standard "thoughts and prayers" line into the ether, and moved on to promote some other piece of legislation or campaign.

Texas's senior Senator John Cornyn simply retweeted a statement made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

A whopping 16 Texas members of Congress from both political parities ignored the history-making massacre on their social pages altogether.

Here's what Texans in Congress said about the Valentine's Day shooting — that is, if they made time for it at all. 

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