Former president Barack Obama sent a forceful message out on social media Thursday, saying he grieves with Florida while also pressing for tighter gun control.

“We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless,” the former president wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Obama said “caring for our kids is our first job,” adding that “until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm . . . then we have to change.”

Obama’s tweet comes after a 19-year-old with a troubled past opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing 17 people and injuring at least 13 more, officials said.


The former president isn’t the only one calling for legislative change after the tragedy. US Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts tweeted Wednesday that President Trump should “get off his ass” when it comes to gun control. And, breaking with the White House, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that Congress should look into issues related to gun violence.