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Also, perspectives on this week's school shooting in Parkland
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2018 11:03 AM CST

  • Turning to the Parkland mass shooting, GOP Sen. James Lankford appeared on NBC's Meet the Press to note he has "no issue" with more stringent background checks on firearms to "[slow] down purchases for people that show all the basic warning signs," per NBC News. But as for banning weapons like the AR-15, he has a different take. "The problem is not owning an AR-15, it's the person who owns it," he said. "I think what should be difficult is for any person with any kind of criminal background history, domestic violence, mental instability, all of those things, regardless. I don't care whether they're buying a 22 pistol or an AR-15."
  • Florida GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo appeared on ABC's This Week to advocate for discussions on "reasonable, common-sense gun safety laws," the Washington Examiner reports. "What we need is congressional leaders, specifically in my party, to allow some of these bills to come to the floor for debate," he said, referencing legislation on such matters as expanded background checks and a ban on bump stocks.
  • Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson also appeared on This Week to warn that the public needs to step up more to help the FBI counter violent acts. "They've got a lot on their plate," he said, per the Hill. "Even with all the resources of the FBI, we are not a police state. The police, federal law enforcement cannot be on every street corner, in every school, at every kitchen table."
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