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It Took 35 Minutes For The UCLA Shooting To Be About Gun Control

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Blake Neff Reporter

It took barely a half hour for the shooting at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to spark online commentary about the need for gun control. The chatter came so quickly that it happened before the shooting was even over.

Igor Volsky, a deputy director at the Center for American Progress, was the first notable personality to hop on the gun control train, bashing Fox News as a mouthpiece for “NRA propaganda” at 1:28 p.m. Eastern time, just 35 minutes after UCLA’s alert system issued an active shooter warning.

Actress Debra Messing was just a few minutes behind, quickly tweeting out a selfie that was intended “2bring awareness” about gun violence.

Sally Kohn of CNN also got in on the action, tweeting that prayers alone wouldn’t be enough to end America’s “scourge” of gun violence.

The comments came out before the shooting was even confirmed to be over by UCLA police, and with a total lack of information about the perpetrator (or perpetrators), their motivations, their victims, or anything else. It’s unclear if the shooting is the work of Islamic radicals (like San Bernardino), a psychopathic lunatic (like Sandy Hook), or a half-Asian distressed about his failure to get a girlfriend (like UC-Santa Barbara).

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