Politicians react to fatal San Bernardino shooting

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As news of the fatal shooting in San Bernardino, California broke Wednesday afternoon politicians voiced their concerns, offered prayers and, in some cases, demanded action.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D- Calif.) told her followers she was monitoring the situation, calling it "absolutely heartbreaking that we're faced with another mass shooting."

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif. 31st District) advised residents to stay inside and lock their doors.

After offering sympathies and prayers, Aguilar tweeted that he was closely monitoring the situation and was on his way back to the district.

"My heart aches that the out-of-control gun violence epidemic has come to our community," Aguilar added.

Rep. John Lewis (D- Ga.-5th District) questioned: "How many more innocent people must be shot and killed by madmen before we do something about gun violence?"

"Today, yet another American community is reeling from the horror of gun violence," Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.-12th District) wrote in a statement.

Writing that the "entire American family" was mourning, Pelosi added that "gun violence is a crisis of epidemic proportions in our nation."

"Congress has a moral responsibility to vote on common sense measures to prevent the daily agony of gun violence in communities across America," Pelosi wrote. "Enough is enough."

Retweeting a New York Times report on the incident, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also commented on gun violence.

"I refuse to accept this as normal," Clinton wrote before calling for action to stop gun violence.

"Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country," tweeted Bernie Sanders. Calling this "sickening," Sanders added that "senseless gun violence must stop."

"Enough is enough," wrote fellow Democratic candidate Martin O'Malley.

Describing that the shooting in California, "looks very bad," GOP front-runner Donald Trump wished law enforcement. "This is when our police are so appreciated," Trump concluded.

Republican candidate Jeb Bush also mentioned the authorities responding to the scene, offering prayers for "victims, their families and the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting."

"My thoughts & prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting in San Bernardino, especially the first responders," Republican candidate John Kasich shared.

GOP candidate George Pataki tweeted that he was "praying for the victims and first responders," and a "quick resolution" to the situation.

Mike Huckabee shared that he was "praying for those impacted by the shooting."

"This is something that is an ongoing issue right now and the first thing that when I think of what's happening on the West Coast, is my thought and prayers go out to the family of those who lost someone in this shooting and to those that are injured," Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas-23rd District), told Sinclair.

Hurd stressed that we need to understand the incident and the motivations behind it to make sure we're learning from, " this incident so we can maybe stop it in other cases."

"I really don't know what to say," Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas-16th District), remarked.

"There have been so many condolences offered for so many shootings I can only imagine what the victims have gone through, what their families are enduring right now."

O'Rourke added that he knows: "that here in Washington there are a lot of good people who want to prevent these things from happening."

"But I think despite those best efforts, I don't know if there's a political or policy solution to this," O'Rourke said.

"So I'm left at this moment just saying that my thoughts and I'm sure those of this country are with the families and the victims right now."

Speaking with Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala. 1st District) on the Hill as details regarding the shooting unfolded, Sinclair asked him what his reaction would be if President Obama were to respond to the shooting back calling for stronger gun control laws.

"There's a second amendment to The Constitution, the President doesn't like the second amendment he would like to take our second amendment rights away, all of our rights away," Byrne responded.

"I've got a very simple philosophy here, and most American have this," Byrne explained.

"If I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing with my guns and if I'm taking care of them and I'm not doing anything that hurts anybody, it's none of the government's business whether I have a gun or not."

When Sinclair was interviewing Byrne, he noted that "it's impossible to say at this early moment exactly what's happened here."

"In the immediate aftermath of a shooting it's not surprising for there to be some confusion about what happened," Byrne explained.

Byrne advised waiting until the facts are established and we know what actually happened, "and then we can make more reasoned approach."

In an interview with CBS News later in the evening, President Obama also stressed that "we don't know that much yet."

Offering his sympathies to the victims and their families, Obama noted that "we have a pattern now of mass shooting in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world."

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