Chelsea Handler Blames Republicans For Florida Shooting

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Following a shooting at a Florida high school that left at least 17 dead, Chelsea Handler blamed Republicans for allowing such a shooting to happen.

On Feb. 14, at least 17 were killed when a 19-year-old opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The shooting revived the debate over gun control, with millions of users on social media sharing their thoughts on the issue.

According to The Hill, comedian and former talk show host Chelsea Handler was one of many who tweeted about the issue and her stance stirred up controversy.

"We have to elect candidates that are not funded by the NRA in November," Handler tweeted. "We have an opportunity to elect candidates who won't allow kids to go to school and get shot. It is disgusting how many times this has happened and Republicans do nothing. You all have blood on your hands."

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Others shared a similar opinion to Handler's. Bess Kalb, a writer for the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show, called out lawmakers for accepting money from the National Rifle Association following the school shooting.

"This is not a political issue," Kalb tweeted. "This is not a Constitutional debate. This is a pandemic that's killing children. And it's perpetrated by hypocrites who preach a doctrine of 'life' but take money from a profit-driven gun lobby."

Kalb then followed up by tweeting the amount of money lawmakers have received from the NRA. For example, Sen. Richard Burr reportedly received $6,986,620, while Sen. Roy Blunt received $4,551,146. Sen. Thom Tillis received $4,418,012, Sen. Cory Gradner received $3,879,064, and Sen. Marco Rubio received $3,303,355. Kalb continued to list a number of other lawmakers and the amount of money they have received.

According to CNN, police arrested suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, following the shooting. He reportedly gunned down students and staff members with a rifle as he walked the halls of the high school and targeted groups of students huddled in classrooms.

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Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said that Cruz was once expelled from the high school due to disciplinary problems.

Cruz is now accused of committing one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, according to police.

In addition to the 17 killed in the shooting, at least 14 were injured and sent to local hospitals.

"This has been a day where we've seen the worst of humanity," Runcie said. "Tomorrow is gonna bring out the best in humanity as we come together to move forward from this unspeakable tragedy."

Sources: The Hill (2), CNN / Featured Image: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Formulanone/Wikimedia CommonsBroward County Sheriff's Office via CNN

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