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CT officials urge action following Florida school shooting

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Sen. Chris Murphy took to the Senate floor to discuss the Florida shooting on Wednesday. (CBS) Sen. Chris Murphy took to the Senate floor to discuss the Florida shooting on Wednesday. (CBS)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Since Wednesday's shooting at a high school in Parkland, FL, Connecticut's elected officials urged their fellow political leaders to take action.

They said the heartbreaking scene brought back painful memories of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.

Thursday morning, lawmakers once again found themselves demanding that more be done to stop senseless violence.

"My heart breaks to think one more school is facing this unthinkable horror," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School marked the country's 18th school shooting in 2018.

"There's sort of just a sense of resignation here right now," said Rep. Jim Himes. "The pattern will be perfectly predictable. There will be a moment of silence, people will wish everybody thoughts and prayers and sympathy for the victims, and then the Congress of the United States will do absolutely nothing.”

Connecticut's local lawmakers said they are lobbying their colleagues.

Sen. Chris Murphy, like he has after other mass shootings, took to the Senate floor to say enough is enough.

"It only happens here not because of coincidence. Not because of bad luck but as a consequence of our inaction," Murphy said. "We are responsible."

Murphy said if nothing is done on gun control by political leaders, they're accomplices.

Rep. Joe Courtney took to Twitter to say "America's gun violence crisis is not normal, or inevitable. Florida's terrible school tragedy can't be brushed aside again. Time to act."

Organizations born from the Sandy Hook tragedy also spoke out.

“To all of you: please help us fight for changes that will end this senseless behavior," posted the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. "This cannot be the new normal. Children should be able to go to school without being shot.”

Soto lost her life in the Newtown shooting.

The advocacy group Newtown Action Alliance also urged Congress to act. 

“This is America," it said. "Students running out of the school with their hands in the air. Parents waiting in fear to hear from their children. Neighborhood on lockdown. Congress not taking any action to keep our children safe."

The president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League issued a statement on Thursday.

“While we wait for more facts to come out from the investigation, we know that the person responsible for this mass murder was someone who was a known threat to the safety of students and staff at this school,"  said Scot Wilson, president, CCDL. "With this in mind, we wonder if more could have been done to protect this school. We also believe that the behavioral red flags being mentioned in current media reports should have been taken seriously and addressed proactively by those who were aware.”  

The CCDL fights for Second Amendment rights. It has always maintained that inanimate objects like guns aren't the problem. It says people are the ones who pull the trigger.

“While some politicians are calling for more laws that will do nothing, the public should be aware that numerous existing laws were broken in this mass murder, and more laws will not stop a deranged person from killing," Wilson continued. “In the meantime, our hearts go out to the families of these victims.  We continue to oppose violent crime. All violent crime, not just those committed with firearms.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up to provide relief and financial support for the victims' families. It can be found here.

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