Sen. Fischer says background checks and proper reporting need to be better to help prevent mass shootings

NEBRASKA CITY – In the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre in Florida that killed 17 high school students and teachers, the nation is again focused on the question of gun control. Generally the regulation of semi-automatic rifles, such as the AR-15 allegedly used by the shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz, at Stoneman Douglas High School.

In an interview with News Channel Nebraska’s affiliate B103 in Nebraska City, U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R – Neb.) says in many of the mass shooting cases we have seen the suspect isolated from everyone else and the individual has given indications of mental illness.

“I’ve seen that response across the state (Nebraska) from people that I’ve talked to. It’s a feeling about how do we keep our kids safe? How do we keep our communities safe? My main thing is, we have to recognize these sick people that are out there and what drives them to that.”

Fischer questions why the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) missed signs in the Florida shooting after 39 police calls were made to the home of the suspect.

She says we need figure out a way to be able to, not only to identify the individuals ahead of time to forestall these horrible events, but also figure out the legality of it so everyone has due-process.

“If we can just get in place and have people follow through on the laws that are there and take the proper actions, I think that is going to be a very positive step forward. I hope when we get back to Washington (D.C.) we can all work together in Congress to figure out ways that we can help promote that.”

Cruz, 19, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer joins News Channel Nebraska’s Hunter Arterburn for a conversation about tax reform, Nebraska agriculture and gun reform:

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