Fla. Dem: 'The ground is really shifting’ on gun control

Florida Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchGun epidemic is personal for lawmakers touched by violence House panel advances anti-gun violence legislation Gun debate to shape 2020 races MORE (D) said Thursday that the landscape on gun control is “shifting” after the school shooting in his district that left 17 people dead.

“I think that it’s pretty clear now that the ground is really shifting on this issue,” Deutch told CNN’s “New Day,” "if you look at the polling, if you take a look at the actions taken by major corporations in response to the pressure put on them. 

“These student leaders are having an impact and that’s what you saw from the president yesterday,” Deutch added.


Lawmakers have called for gun reform following last month’s shooting, which was allegedly carried out using a legally purchased AR-15. During during a televised gathering with lawmakers on Wednesday, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE expressed support for different gun control reforms, including stronger background checks.

Trump also encouraged lawmakers to evaluate raising the age limit for certain gun purchases.

"The president said he wants something that has overwhelming support, so universal background checks would be that bill," Deutch said on Thursday. "It would be an enormous step forward."