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Kamala Harris: We can't live with any pride 'when our babies are being slaughtered'

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThere's still time to put Kamala Harris front and center Hillicon Valley: Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked | Majority of voters in three swing states saw ads on social media questioning election validity: poll | Harris more often the target of online misinformation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Pollsters stir debate over Trump numbers MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday called for gun control following the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Harris said during an interview on MSNBC that she had to look at autopsy photographs when she served as a prosecutor.

"When you see the effect of this extreme violence on a human body and especially the body of a child, maybe it will shock some people into understanding," she said. 

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"This cannot be a political issue. We have to be practical."

Harris said she supports the Second Amendment, but "we have to have smart gun safety laws."

"And we cannot tolerate a society and live in a country with any level of pride when our babies are being slaughtered," she said.

At least 17 people were killed and more were wounded when a gunman opened fire on Wednesday at a high school near Fort Lauderdale.

Multiple lawmakers have called for Congress to act following the deadly shooting.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE on Thursday said he is making plans to visit the school.

He added that he would "tackle the difficult issue of mental health," but did not weigh in directly on the contentious debate over gun control.

He also vowed his administration would seek to address safety issues in schools.