Kamala Harris: Congress should have the same 'courage and compassion' as students at Florida high school

Kamala Harris: Congress should have the same 'courage and compassion' as students at Florida high school
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSentencing reform deal heats up, pitting Trump against reliable allies Bernie Sanders socialism moves to Democratic mainstream Overnight Health Care: Arkansas Medicaid work rules could cost thousands coverage | Record number of overdose deaths in 2017 | Dems demand immediate reunification of separated children MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday called for Congress to stand up to the gun lobby and praised the students and faculty who have been advocating in recent days for action on gun control.

"It's time for Congress to have the same courage and compassion as Emma Gonzalez and the parents, students, and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," Harris tweeted.

Seventeen people were killed last week when a gunman opened fire at the South Florida high school.

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Multiple lawmakers have called for Congress to take action to prevent another tragedy.

Students who survived the shooting have become vocal advocates in recent days, demanding that Congress take action on gun control.

In an emotional speech over the weekend, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas student called out President Trump, the National Rifle Association and congressional lawmakers for their inaction.

“If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association,” Emma Gonzalez said during her speech.

“I already know — $30 million.”