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The Daily Countable: Florida School Shooting

by Countable | 2.14.18

Greetings, folks. Hope you're having a pleasant Valentine's Day. We wish we could bring you a more-loving lead story, but we do hope you're spending the evening with those you love or doing what you love.

One Big Thing

A suspect is in police custody following a school shooting in Florida that left seventeen dead. To read our coverage of previous mass shootings - and bills & proposed legislation in response to them - click here.

On the Radar

President Donald Trump urged lawmakers on Wednesday to reject any DACA proposals that do not embrace the "four pillars" of his immigration platform: creating a path to citizenship for DREAMers, securing the border, eliminating the diversity visa lottery, and limiting family-based immigration. Read all about it here.

Also on the Radar

The House Oversight Committee will be investigating the White House’s employment of Rob Porter, an aide who recently resigned following the exposure of domestic abuse with both of his ex-wives. Click here to read more.

Under the Radar

Cyber threats to national infrastructure, particularly energy systems, are a new reality of global conflict. Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced via the department’s website Wednesday that it is opening a new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. Read our complete coverage here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will receive his intelligence briefing and meet with bipartisan members of Congress on infrastructure.
  • He will then participate in a working session regarding the opportunity zones established by tax reform.
  • He will also sign S. 534: Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Assault and Safe Sport Authorization and H.R. 4708: DHS Blue Campaign Authorization Act into law.
  • Sarah Sanders will hold a press briefing at 2:30pm ET.

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a bill to allow loans to retain their interest rates when sold or transferred across state lines by the lender.
  • Voting on a bill to require mortgage lenders to disclose discounted rates for title insurance premiums and itemize all actual charges imposed on borrowers in the closing documents for mortgages.
  • Voting on a bill to sanction Hamas for its use of human shields.
  • Voting on a resolution calling on the government to intensify efforts to locate the 83,000 unaccounted for U.S. military personnel.

The Senate: In Session

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  • Mike
    02/15/2018
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    Let’s start a class action suit against all members of Congress who have voted against any forms of gun control, especially background checks and a ban on assault rifle’s. It is time for us to stop this gun violence in our country. Congress is complicit in all of these horrible actions of gun violence. These Congress members must be held accountable.

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  • SouthernGal
    02/15/2018
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    The NRA is a terrorist organization and it’s time to label them as such and outlaw them.

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  • Craig
    02/15/2018
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    Wait for it: “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families “. And of course: “This is not the time to be talking about gun control “.

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  • Topi
    02/15/2018
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    Senator Rubio, you received $3,298,000 from the NRA. Your words are as empty as the arms of the Parkland parents whose children wont be coming home from school today.

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  • Leigh
    02/15/2018
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    Another day. Another school shooting in America. Why only here? Because we are the most heavily armed country in the world. Senseless. Stop taking money from the NRA and get rid of the guns. Period. You can’t kill multiple people with a gun if you don’t have access to one. Enough with your pointless thoughts and prayers for victims and their families.

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  • Andy1
    02/15/2018
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    The NRA thanks all the martyrs, and their families, sacrificed to the cause of the second amendment not being enforced with any sort of common sense checks. Liberty clearly trumps life and the pursuit of happiness - and obviously we can choose only one when guns are involved. Thoughts, prayers, etc.

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  • Tambi
    02/15/2018
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    Take your prayers and shove them. We NEED common sense gun legislation: background checks for all gun sales, required training before anyone is allowed to carry, a ban on assault weapons. More guns and more access is not the answer. How many more people have to die before Congress does something? Oh and quit blaming mental health in one breath and cut funding for it in the next. ENOUGH!

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    02/15/2018
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    Is this what Republicans refer to as Make America Great Again.... This is disgusting.... The Republican solution would be to flood the market with cheap, easy to get guns for every one..... I believe these mass shootings to be the failing results of policies such as: No Child Left Behind, Say No to Drugs, Abstinence only,.. Build a Wall on Mexico Border...Trickle Down theory...Guns for all and the right to bear arms and conceal and carry.....Anti-abortion, but no support for the poor, the starving, the homeless, the jobless........ Every time an innocent victim dies due to any of the above, Conservative philosophy is proven wrong again and again with tangible evidence......We don’t need faith to see the truth and your ignorance and your lies.....🖕🖕🏾

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  • Linda
    02/15/2018
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    Every elected official who has voted against common sense gun legislation should be required to visit trauma centers and watch surgeons try to repair the damage caused by bullets from semi-automatic weapons. Maybe they need the haunting visual to remind them of the consequences of their obeisance to the gun lobby. No one should have the right to own weapons that are only designed to kill the most people as quickly as possible. Or the ammunition for them. Too many tragedies with no response to protect our public spaces, schools, and churches. More guns will not keep us safe. This type of gun will always kill too fast for so called “good guys” with guns to stop. Enough is more than enough. Yes, someone who does this is mentally unstable. But it is their access to the weapons that increases the carnage.

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  • Esther
    02/15/2018
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    I just don’t know what to say any more. Assault weapons do NOT belong in the hands of any CIVILIAN. Moreover, if funding for healthcare gets cut, how can those with mental issues get treated? Only in America!!!! Is this how we make ourselves great again, by slaughtering the innocent. SHAME on our leaders for not finding a way to alleviate this problem.

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  • Shelia
    02/15/2018
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    Past time for tougher gun laws already!!!! How many more must die?

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  • Nancy
    02/15/2018
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    You do not get to turn away. You do not get to tell us "guns don't kill people." Enough! No citizen needs an assault rifle. This insanity has to stop and stop now and the answer IS NOT MORE GUNS! Cease taking money from the NRA lobby or recuse yourselves from decisions regarding gun control laws. Return that blood money and do the job you were elected to do. Protect citizens, children from this senseless madness.

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  • Monica
    02/15/2018
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    With today’s gun technology I think it is time to repeal the second amendment. Too many shootings are occurring in our country. The NRA needs to get out of funding our government. We do have the power to end this,but our elected officials are focused on money and not the needs of people Impeach 45

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  • Rainer
    02/15/2018
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    Seriously, when are you going to make this country safer?! We need gun control now. No more hiding behind thoughts and prayers. Illegal immigrants and terrorists cause less deaths!

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  • Jenduster
    02/15/2018
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    We need to label the NRA and the Republicans for what it really is -terrorist organizations. There have been more deaths due to them buying off the Republicans to always vote no to any common sense gun legislation. Maybe we should start lining up Congress members in order by how much they get from the NRA and for every child shot, we use them for target practice...or maybe their kids, because that is what they do with ours.

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  • Mark
    02/15/2018
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    I wish I could say this is a surprise, but it’s not. We are the only developed nation with this problem, and the blame lands squarely at the feet of the GOP and the NRA. As a Montanan, and a hunter I have used guns my whole life, and am comfortable with them and enjoy using them. I am begging my representatives to do the right thing for once. It should be as, if not more difficult to get a firearm than a drivers license. That is truly all I am asking for. In a sane country, Sandy Hook would have been enough, San Bernardino would have been enough, Las Vegas would have been enough. Instead we get furrowed eye brows and thoughts and prayers from our GOP run congress. Meanwhile people like Marco Rubio line their wallets with millions of dollars from the NRA.

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  • Dicr
    02/15/2018
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    Let Americans have a vote on gun control if congress refuses to protect us.

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  • Truly
    02/15/2018
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    There should be a list published if all the politicians that have taken bribes from the NRA. These are the people that bear responsibility for the mass shootings. Ted Cruz is one of the worst. Publish this list and how much blood money each has taken. Read it on the floor of the senate so everyone knows. Publicize the brand of the gun, it’s manufacturer and who sold it. These are the people responsible.

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  • Irene
    02/15/2018
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    More than 200 years ago we added the second amendment to the constitution. At that time our new government had just been threatened and occupied by the British Empire. There were no police, there was no federal military, and no National Guard. Our country now has all of these things. We need reform on the 2nd amendment. No more children will die for my right to bear arms!

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  • Marjorie
    02/15/2018
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    I can’t even put into words how frustrated I am over the constant school shootings. As an educator myself, I have been in lockdown situations, and there have been incidents with guns, including a planned mass shooting that was thwarted. Why is it OK for students and teachers to be shot at? What are you expecting from teachers? By refusing to enact sensible gun control laws, you show how little you care about students and teachers. I suppose we don’t contribute enough to your reelection campaigns to matter.

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