In the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, several news outlets are examining the reactions of 2016 presidential candidates. Most candidates made their statements through twitter, though Democratic candidates were quicker to offer condolences—and reiterate their commitment to gun control. Hillary Clinton stated, “I refuse to accept this as normal,” and Martin O’Malley asserted, “It’s time to stand up to the NRA.” Republican candidates were somewhat slower to comment at first, but they all expressed deep sympathies. “Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders,” declared Jeb Bush, and other Republican candidates echoed his sentiments. Mic points out that thoughts and prayers were a common theme in Republican tweets, but none of the candidates mentioned gun laws, though many did emphasize their gratitude toward first responders.
Contributor: Celeste Montaño