President Obama will issue a statement at 12:15 PT, and there is already some blowback across social media from Press Secretary Jay Carney's statement that now is not the time to talk about gun control laws. The general reaction is, if not now, then when?
The tragedy is awful enough, but also the fact that there was a mass shooting earlier this week, not to mention others in recent months, that got relatively scant attention. And as the initial reports of the Connecticut shootings unfolded this morning were of relatively few casualties, so too was there little attention, as if the idea of a gunman entering an elementary school were something not so out of the ordinary.
Cynthia Littleton and A.J. Marechal gathered some of the reactions from industry figures on Twitter:
"Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan, a vocal critic of the National Rifle Assn., urged his Twitter follows to write to their Congressional reps on the issue of gun control, tweeting a link to the USA.gov site that is a clearinghouse for contact info for politicos.
"Some people on this planet truly sicken me to the core. My heart goes out to all this affected by the senseless shooting victims in CT," composer Michael Giacchino said via Twitter.
"How many times do thoughts&prayers have 2go out 2victims &their families b4 something gets done about gun violence in this country," actor Daniel Dae Kim said via Twitter.
"NRA and Washington share portion of responsibility for today's hideous shooting. We need reasonable gun control RIGHT NOW," hyphenate Adam McKay tweeted/
Mia Farrow echoed Levitan and McKay's words, stating, "I don't want to hear one idiotic word out of the NRA," then adding "#guncontrolNOW."
Thesp Josh Duhamel said: "This needs to stop. Schools must be safe again," while Jon Lovett tweeted "We need to stop saying 'gun control' and start saying 'massacre prevention.'"
Thesp Steve Carell wrote: "Hold your kids close today."
Also Damon Lindelof: "I'm not "politicizing" squat. I'm heartbroken, angry, confused and scared and I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS KEEPS HAPPENING.""Guns don't kill people. Clouds and balloons kill people. Oh. Wait. Nope... it's fucking guns."