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Two Years After Pulse Shooting, Sen. Nelson Calls On Congress To Take Up Bipartisan Bills

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It’s now been two years after the Pulse nightclub mass shooting that left 49 people dead in Orlando. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says it’s time Congress acts on bipartisan gun reform legislation.

Speaking on the Senate Floor Tuesday, Nelson said while the Pulse tragedy could have divided the nation, the entire country came together instead.

“And, on the two-year date of that horrific event, I want us to come together again in the same way we did after Pulse in Orlando, the same way that we did after Parkland,” he stated, at the time.

Nelson is hoping Congress will take up legislation he partnered on with the state’s U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), almost a month after the mass school shooting in Parkland.

“Bipartisan bills to prohibit known or suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms, to empower our family members and law enforcement to take guns away from relatives who pose a danger to themselves, and others who bring up these so-called red flags,” Nelson added.

Still, he says while getting these bills across the finish line is a difficult task, they must still keep trying.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.