As the Parkland survivors head back to school Wednesday, one Nebraska Congressman says there’s an increasing fervor among lawmakers in Washington for increasing regulations in order to curb the issue of gun violence in America. U.S Congressman Jeff Fortenberry tells KLIN News the Parkland shooting in Florida that killed 17 feels different on Capitol Hill, and lawmakers on both sides of the isle are ready to start scrutinizing the issue.
“I do think this moment is different . It has crystallized the nation mind about gun violence.”
Fortenberry says lawmakers are asking how they can help the institutions responsible for preventing such acts.
” What is at stake in terms of mental health? What is leading to this grave breakdown of interventions…between law enforcement, medicine and school systems?”
Congressman Fortenberry says increased background checks, funding for better mental health institutions are on the table currently. Time will tell to see if the dialogue will result in policy.