As a Congresswoman in a nearby district former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) has a personal connection to the school shooting in Parkland, FL.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews spoke to Wasserman Schultz about her response to the terrible events that transpired.
“My youngest daughter [is] a ninth-grader at a Broward County high school. We live just to the south of Parkland and Stoneman Douglas is a rival of our high school,” she said. “I’ve been there so many times, I have friends whose children go to school there… I’m actually nauseous even talking about this.”
“I’m a mom tonight,” she continued. “I’m someone who lives and works and spends time with the people who have lived through this. It’s just absolutely heartbreaking.”
“My best friend is a county-wide school board member and is my youngest daughter’s godmother,” she said, tearing up. “This hits home hard.”
“You know we’re going to go through this again in a couple months,” Matthews said. “It’ll be some other school. We’ll act shocked, which we will. We’ll talk about prayer, which we should. But in the end we’ll know why it happened.”
“You’re damn right, Chris,” Wasserman Schultz said. “And it’s absolutely not too soon to yet again say that something has to be done about access to guns in this country… We have to address the inability for us to, once and for all, get guns and keep them from the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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