Dem lawmaker calls for gun control debate in Congress

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) is calling for Congress to hold a gun control debate after 17 people were killed in a shooting last week at a Florida high school. 

"It makes no sense that someone can purchase assault rifles but not handguns. It also makes no sense that the shooter could not have purchased a beer legally but could still have purchased all of these assault rifles, and that's why we need to have gun reform," Lieu told CNN's John Berman. 

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"I think we're seeing an inflection point in American politics with the Parkland students speaking out, and the silent majority of Americans saying enough is enough, we need to have some common sense safety measures," he continued. 

Officials say Nikolas Cruz gunned down numerous people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday with an AR-15 he bought last year. 

Despite red flags and warnings that were raised to the FBI, Cruz was still able to make the purchase. 

The shooting has reignited the debate on gun control in the U.S. 

Survivors of the shooting have called for action on the issue of gun violence. 

One student called for the National Rifle Association to disband in the aftermath of the shooting. 

"Disband, dismantle ... don't make another organization under a different name. Don't you dare come back here," Emma Gonzalez said on CNN.

Democratic lawmakers and gun control advocates have called for tighter gun control laws. 

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) demanded on Wednesday that President Trump "get off his ass" and work with lawmakers to pass gun control legislation. 

However, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNew Dem ad uses Paterno, KKK, affair allegations to tar GOP leaders House Dem: Party's aging leaders is 'a problem' Rand Paul to ask Trump to lift sanctions on Russian leaders MORE (R-Wis.) has warned against new gun control measures following the latest deadly shooting.

“There’s more questions than answers at this stage,” Ryan said in a radio interview Thursday. “I don’t think that means you then roll the conversation into taking away citizens’ rights — taking away a law-abiding citizen’s rights.”