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Sen. Nelson: Outrage Over Florida Shootings Will be 'Turning Point'

Sen. Nelson: Outrage Over Florida Shootings Will be 'Turning Point'
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By    |   Friday, 16 February 2018 12:59 PM

Sen. Bill Nelson Friday called for "common sense legislation" on gun control, saying that perhaps the shooting Wednesday in Parkland, Florida and the resulting outrage will be the turning point.

"Maybe these students speaking out so boldly as they have on national TV, maybe the parents crying out and speaking so boldly as they have, maybe this will be the turning point, because in fact, enough is enough," the Florida Democrat said during a press conference shown on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

In Nelson's conference, held near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and teachers were shot and killed Wednesday, he also said he finds the surviving students were being "just terrific" in their outspoken responses to the deaths.

"The fact that they're speaking up as boldly as they are, maybe that's the turning point," he said. "You haven't heard students speak up one after another, after another, after they have witnessed this carnage, and speaking with such conviction."

However, he pointed out that a few years ago, lawmakers could not pass a bill specifying that a person on the terrorist watch list could not buy a gun, and "that's about as common sense as anything."

"If you are on the terrorist list, you can't get on an airplane, but you can buy a gun," said Nelson. "That's the condition that we find ourselves in, and the same thing with assault weapons put in the hands of irresponsible people."

Nelson also gave updates on the case, including saying he was briefed by the FBI and was told that the shooter had a gas mask, but smoke that had been thought to be from smoke grenades were from high velocity rounds that were being used.

"You see the result," he told reporters. "It is carnage."

Nelson said he joins many senators who have been through similar events in their states, and they agree such violent events have got to stop.

"Just a year ago, we had a 14-hour filibuster, that so many of us in the Democratic Caucus went to the Senate floor and said this has got to stop," said Nelson. "Well, we are going to have to do that filibuster again, but I hope this is the turning point."

For matters to change, though, the law must be changed, and that means having 60 votes, said Nelson.

"I know we'll have 49 votes in the Senate because that's the number of Democrats we have," he said. "You have to pick up 11 Republican senators to break the filibuster, in other words, to get to where you can consider the bill. It's called a motion for cloture."

Nelson said he is a co-sponsor of "all of them" when it comes to gun control bills.

"One of them, for example, is Sen. [Diane] Feinstein's bill," said Nelson. "[It] says that you cannot legally purchase an assault weapon and then it goes on for 100 pages to define what is an assault weapon and what is not an assault weapon. Collectors items, for example, would not be an assault weapon but I tell you what is, and it is the two assault weapons that have got us here in Florida. The AR-15 and the Sig Sauer that took out 49 people in Orlando."

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Sen. Bill Nelson Friday called for "common sense legislation" on gun control, saying that perhaps the shooting Wednesday in Parkland, Florida and the resulting outrage will be the turning point."
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