#MassacreMitch Trends After Santa Clarita School Shooting: He's 'Had Background Check Bill On His Desk Since February'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faced criticism on social media for failing to act on gun control legislation after a shooting at a California high school Thursday that left two students dead and multiple others injured.

A 16-year-old gunman who police said opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California was custody Thursday afternoon, but few other details were available. However, people took to Twitter to blame the shooting on McConnell, claiming that it's possible the shooting could have been prevented if he helped facilitate the passing of gun control laws.

People expressed their distaste for the legislator using the hashtag "Massacre Mitch." As of 2:45 p.m. EST, nearly 12,000 tweets were published with the tag.

DEMs did their part

House passed gun control in February#MoscowMitch @senatemajldr
Mitch McTurtle refuses the vote

You can thank GOP for child shootings#GOP Government of Putin#NRA National Russia Association#SchoolShooting#GunControlNow#EnoughIsEnough#MassacreMitch pic.twitter.com/SQj3fwMaic

— Tomi T Ahonen (@tomiahonen) November 14, 2019

Some posted simple messages such as "Do something," and "Are you listening?" Others pointed to the background check bill that passed the House of Representatives in February but stalled in the Senate. The bill would require background checks for all firearm sales, including those between private parties.

.@senatemajldr has had Background Check Bill (passed by Congress) on his desk since February. Today another life was lost because of a gun! Perhaps this bill would not have save that life, but this bill will save others. #MassacreMitch must be defeated in 2020! #GunControlNow

— Del Shores (@DelShores) November 14, 2019

Um, @senatemajldr, this is all on you. Sign that damn bill. #MassacreMitch #SaugusHigh https://t.co/8AHOakYO6M

— Lesley Abravanel🆘 (@lesleyabravanel) November 14, 2019

In September, McConnell appeared on The Hugh Hewitt show and said he wouldn't bring a bill to the floor if he didn't know President Donald Trump would sign it.

"I said a few weeks ago that if the President took a position on a bill so that we knew we would actually be making a law and not just having serial votes, I would be happy to put it on the floor and the administration is in the process of studying what they are prepared to support if anything," McConnell said with regard to firearm legislation.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to his office following the weekly Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on November 5 in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, people criticized McConnell for failing to bring a gun control bill to the Senate floor after news broke of a shooting that killed at least two students in California. Drew Angerer/Getty

It's unclear what Trump would sign in terms of gun control legislation. At times, he expressed support for background checks and "red flag" laws, which enables officials to temporarily take firearms away from a person deemed a possible threat, but he's also said that background checks wouldn't have prevented certain mass shootings in the United States.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Captain Kent Wegener said deputies found a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol at the scene, after they responded to reports of shots fired around 7:38 a.m. PST. The suspect, identified as a 16-year-old male, was transported to the hospital where he is being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The two who died were identified as a 14-year-old male and a 16-year-old female.

Neither McConnell nor Trump publicly posted on social media about the shooting by publication time.

Heartbroken and praying for Santa Clarita. I’m incredibly grateful to the first responders who are on the scene of this active situation. If you are near the area, please listen to law enforcement.

Our children and communities are being terrorized. We can't accept this.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 14, 2019

Senator Kamala Harris, who is vying for Trump's seat in the Oval Office, wrote on Twitter that she was "heartbroken and praying" for Santa Clarita.

"Our children and communities are being terrorized. We can't accept this," she wrote.