Senate Dems request health panel hearing on school shootings
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Senate Democrats want the chamber's health committee to hold a hearing on the causes and remedies of mass shootings, including school shootings. 

Nine Democrats, as well as Independent Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Inequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift In defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism MORE (Vt.), sent a letter last week to Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderWe need a college leader as secretary of education As Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayNational reading, math tests postponed to 2022 amid coronavirus surge Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition DOJ investigation into Epstein deal ends without recommended action MORE (D-Wash.), the top members on the panel, requesting they schedule a hearing in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., shooting, in which 17 people were killed. 
 
"As senators, it is our responsibility to address gun violence like the public health crisis that it is, investigate the causes of these deadly acts of violence and hatred, and make policy changes to ensure that they no longer happen," they wrote.
 
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They added "we request that you hold a hearing as soon as possible to examine the causes and remedies for mass shootings, including school shootings, across the country."
 
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The proposed hearing, according to the senators, would include testimony from survivors of gun violence and those who have been affected by it, as well as experts on public health research.
 
 
The letter comes after thousands protested in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States on Saturday as part of March for Our Lives, which was organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
 
"The shooting was a sober reminder that mass shootings, including school shootings, and gun violence more broadly, are persistent threats that affect children, teachers, and families across this country," the senators added in the letter.