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tv   U.S. Senate Florida Senators on Parkland School Shooting  CSPAN  February 15, 2018 7:46pm-7:57pm EST

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>> watch live coverage on saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. eastern. . . first we'll hear from florida senator bill nelson.. >> a moment of silence for the victims.
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>> mr. president. >> the senate will come to order. >> mr. president. >> senator from florida. >> mr. president, those were all our children. those of us who are parents, you can imagine the parents of those children, wondering what else can be done, because yesterday a
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former student at marjory stoneman douglas high school in northern broward county, parkland, florida, walked on 0 the campus with a gas mask, smoke grenades and carrying an ar-15 assault rifle. he pulled the fire alarm, he waited for the students to come out into the hallway. and he opened fire. and as a result, 14 families are grieving. their worst fears have become result, and more than a does other students who were injured, they're in the hospital and some of them in critical condition.
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at some point, we've got to say enough is enough. at some point we as a society have got to come together and put a stop to this. this senator grew up on a ranch. i have hunted all my life. i have had guns all my life. i still hunt. with my son. but an ar-15 is not for hunting. it's for killing. but despite these horrific events that are occurring over and over, these tragedies have led so many of us to come right here to this floor and to beg our colleagues to take common sense actions that we all know
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will help protect our children and our fellow citizens from these kind of tragedies. and we get nowhere. so, when is enough going to be enough? sandy hook elementary. 20 students killed. that wasn't enough. the pulse nightclub in orlando, 49 people killed, a terrorist. that wasn't enough. las vegas, 58 people killed. that wasn't enough. or just a year ago in the same county as the parkland murders, broward county, fort lauderdale are dale airport, five people
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killed. that wasn't enough. now this high school, 17 killed some as young as 14 years old; so, when is enough going to be enough? this senator has spoken to local officials on the ground. i've spoken to the superintendent of the schools, who in his own way is going through the grieving process. i've spoken to the fbi. i've spoken to the sheriff's department. to make sure that they have everything they need, but when i finish talking to these folks, and as we get through with the dreamer legislation today, i'm headed down there, and when i got to the hospital and see the
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families and see the hospital victims, all i can think is, how many more times are we going to have to go through this, and those families are going to say to me, when is enough enough? to those who say now that it's not the time to talk about gun violence, because it's too soon, we don't want to politicize right after a tragedy, what is said over and over, then i would ask, when is the time? if now is not the right time, when is the right time? after the next shooting? or after the one that is going to come after that? because these are not going to stop unless we change ourselves
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as a culture. how many more times do we have to do this? how many more folks have to die? when is enough going to be enough? so, let's don't hide from it. let's have conversation about this, right now. not just about mental illness and that's part of it -- not just about protection and our schools, and that's part of it. let's get to the root cause. let's come together and help end this violence. let's talk about that 19-year-old carrying an ar-15. let's do what needs to be done and let's get these assault
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weapons off our streets. let's accomplish something on background checks. my state passed a constitutional amendment, florida, 1998, background checks have to be done in the purchase of a gun. it's never been implemented totally, and it's never been enforced. a simple background check. the terrorist that killed 59 in orlando, at the pulse nightclub, he had been on the terrorist watch list. we had had a brown check -- background check there, he wasn't on it, but maybe in a background check we ought to
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include those whod a been on a terrorist watch list. let have a conversation about this. oh, and do you remember a couple of years ago, there was a proposal on the floor that if you're on the terrorist watch list, you can't buy a gun. that's pretty common sense. we won't let them get on an airplane because we don't want them taking down a commercial airliner. but they don't have a restriction of buying a gun. so, let's get at the root cause of this issue. let's do what we all know needs to be done. and let's do it now. not later. let's just not talk about it. let's do something about it.
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let's make what happened at marjory stoneman douglas high school a pivotal moment in this country's history. not because it was one of the largest mass shootings, but hopefully because it was the last. that's where the heavy heart, madam president, i yield the floor. >> i want to begin this morning by sharing the shock and sorrow that all of news this body felt as we learned of yesterday's shooting at the marjory stone douglas high school in parkland, florida. to say that such brutal-opinionless violence is unconscionable is an understatement. schools should be places where children can


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