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The Political Response To The California Shooting Was Quicker Than Planned Parenthood

Democrats called for gun control on both days. Some Republicans were a little less forthcoming with responses to the Colorado shooting at a Planned Parenthood, but others have responded, gave statements, or commented on neither shooting.

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An active-shooter situation in San Bernardino, California, has once again thrust gun violence into the presidential race.

The shooting in San Bernardino comes less than a week after a single shooter entered a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killed three, and wounded nine more.

That shooting, fraught with abortion- and gun-rights politics, led to quick responses from Democratic presidential candidates. But many Republican candidates stayed silent or were limited in their responses.

The response was somewhat different on Wednesday, when Republican candidates were quick to respond to news of the San Bernardino shooting as reports of it spilled out.

Jeb Bush hours after first reports from San Bernardino:

Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.

Bush did not tweet after the Colorado Springs shooting, but did offer a comment over the weekend: "There is no acceptable explanation for this violence, and I will continue to pray for those who have been impacted," he said in a statement.

Ben Carson, while reports from California were still coming in:

My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino.

Carson's campaign didn't tweet about the Colorado Springs shooting. Carson commented on it during an appearance on CBS' Face The Nation the Sunday after the crime.

"There is no question that hateful rhetoric, no matter which side it comes from, right or left, is something that is detrimental to our society," Carson said.

Mike Huckabee:

Praying for those impacted by the shooting in California today.

Huckabee also tweeted about Colorado Springs on the Sunday after the shooting.

"The Colorado Springs tragedy is domestic terrorism, especially for those us in the pro-life movement," the tweet read. The former Arkansas governor expanded on those comments in a podcast his campaign released the weekend of the shooting.

Ted Cruz, on Wednesday:

Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino who willingly go into harm’s way to save others

Cruz was the first Republican candidate to respond to the Colorado Springs shooting on Twitter. The tweet posted the Saturday after the shooting.

"Praying for the loved ones of those killed, those injured & first responders who bravely got the situation under control in Colorado Springs," the tweet read.

John Kasich, on Wednesday:

My thoughts & prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting in San Bernardino, especially the first responders. -John

Kasich tweeted about Colorado Springs on the day after the shooting.

"Senseless violence has brought tragedy to Colorado Springs. I pray for the families in mourning and have hope our nation can heal. -John," the tweet read.

Donald Trump, on Wednesday:

California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!

Trump did not tweet about Colorado Springs at all. He responded to the shootings during an appearance on NBC's Meet The Press the Sunday after the killings.

"I think it's terrible. I mean, terrible. It's more of the same. And I think it's a terrible thing. And he's a maniac! He's a maniac," Trump said.

Chris Christie, on Wednesday:

Praying for all those victimized by the shootings in San Bernardino, California today.

Some candidates hadn't tweeted about San Bernardino at all as of about 5 p.m. ET Wednesday. They include Marco Rubio, and Carly Fiorina.

None of those three tweeted about Colorado Springs, either. Fiorina talked about the shooting the Sunday afterwards on Fox News Sunday.

"This is a tragedy. It's obviously a tragedy. Nothing justifies this. And presumably this man who appears deranged, if nothing else, will be tried for murder, as he should be. But it's a tragedy, especially on a holiday weekend," she said, warning against what she called left wing efforts to "immediately begin demonizing the messenger," by tying the shooting to conservative rhetoric critical of Planned Parenthood.

Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.

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