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Sen. Michael Bennet, Democrats already talking about taking 'action' after Florida shooting

By: DANIEL CHATIN, Washington Examiner
February 14, 2018 Updated: February 14, 2018 at 5:28 pm
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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., tweeted after the shooting in Florida: "My thoughts are with families of victims & first responders in FL, but I also know that thoughts are not enough. It's time for action." (David Zalubowski, AP file)

Multiple Democrats in Congress are calling for "action" following a deadly shooting at a high school in Florida in Wednesday.

Within hours of the shooting, which police say injured more than a dozen and reportedly left more than 15 dead, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., asked, "When did mass shootings become a normal part of American life?"

"There's an entire generation growing up in fear that their school will be next," Bennet added. "My thoughts are with families of victims & first responders in FL, but I also know that thoughts are not enough. It's time for action."

His words were similar to that of Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who has snagged headlines in recent months with his pointed critiques of President Trump and against the release of a Republican memo in the House Intelligence Committee which outlined alleged surveillance abuses by the U.S. government.

"My heart is broken again — this time for the victims of the Parkland school shooting, and the families whose children will not come home today," Schiff said. "It is within the power of Congress to save lives, if we find the courage to act."

While most politicians have shied away from going as far as calling for gun control, as details about the shooting, including what type of gun was used, have yet to be confirmed by authorities, at least one Democrat did utter the the phrase.

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Students released from a lockdown are overcome with emotion following following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) 

"Heartbreaking news coming out of Florida. 18 school shootings this year. We need more than thoughts, prayers, and moments of silence. It’s time for sensible gun control. Our kids deserve much better," tweeted Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., tweeted.

Gun control legislation often becomes a contentious point of debate between Republicans and Democrats in Congress and for federal regulation following a mass shooting in the U.S., including a review of "bump stocks" attachments following the Las Vegas mass shooting last year.

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