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Coons: Lawmakers Will Act on Gun Control If Americans Keep Up Pressure

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:09 AM

Lawmakers will likely act to protect the nation's schools if Americans — particularly teenagers — keep up their pressure about making change, Sen. Chris Coons said Tuesday, a day after meeting with 500 high school students back in his home state of Delaware.

"When the kids in Delaware asked me yesterday what can we do to be more effective in lobbying Congress, I said 'don't change the subject, don't go away, stay at it, keep pushing us," the Democratic senator told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"I expect we will act if the people of America, and particularly the teenagers of America, hold our feet to the fire and insist we take action."

Coons said the teens at the Delaware school primarily wanted to talk about gun safety and gun violence, and "what it's mean to them to have grown up in an environment where they go through school lockdown drills, [and] active shooter drills."

He added that he also spoke with the students about their "angry insistence that we in Washington listen to them and take action."

Coons has just returned from a trip overseas where he and other lawmakers from both parties met with key allies about the Middle East situation, and said he was speaking with colleagues during the trip about the bills that can be introduced to move the country forward.

"I remain hopeful that we will take up and vote on common sense bills that will strengthen the enforcement of existing laws, and put in place new laws," Coons said, "but the political reality is harsh."

Coons also spoke about his overseas trip as part of a delegation led by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina. He traveled with the senators to Jordan, Israel, and Greece, where they met with foreign ministers, prime ministers, and in Jordan, King Abdullah II.

"We heard significant concern about the escalating violence in Syria," said Coons. "I'll just remind you, it's Vladimir Putin's Russia that has made possible the butcher of Damascus, Bashar Al Assad staying in power and opening a window for Iran's Revolutionary Guard forces, and for Hezbollah to gain a foothold throughout Syria."

Coons said they also went to the Golan Heights in Israel and observed action on Israel's border by the Islamic State.

"Our allies are interested in tighter, closer security partnerships and in having a clearer path forward," said Coons. "President Donald Trump has led a number of core allies to question the forcefulness and clarity of our commitment because of his statements and budget which proposed a dramatic cut in humanitarian aid and in the State Department ...I think it's important that we showed a bipartisan message of support for our key allies in the Middle East."

Coons also discussed the nation's continued tensions with North Korea, and said it would be a "very risky" move to pursue a "so-called bloody nose strike" against the Asian nation.

"I think in North Korea you've got not as much a regime as a cult of personality where Kim Jong-Un [believes] that anything that diminishes his credibility is a direct assault on his regime," said Coons. "One of the things I worry about is that our president who has a candidate said he would aim to be unpredictable has succeeded in being unpredictable for our regional allies."

He said he's concerned that Japan and South Korea will bear the brunt of a counter attack by North Korea, and also that the United States still does not have ambassadors in a number of key countries, including South Korea.

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Lawmakers will likely act to protect the nation's schools if Americans — particularly teenagers — keep up their pressure about making change, Sen. Chris Coons said Tuesday, a day after meeting with 500 high school students back in his home state of Delaware.
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