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Dem. Rep Deutch at Town Hall: Failure to Act on Guns Means Our Democracy is ‘A Little Bit’ Broken

Representative Ted Deutch (R-FL) — who represents the District which includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — was honest but hopeful about the state of America during the CNN town hall Wednesday night addressing the shooting in Parkland, FL.

Robert Schentrup, whose sister Carmen was killed in the Parkland shooting, asked Rep. Deutch whether our democracy is broken because lawmakers have been trying and failing to get common sense gun reform passed for so long.

“A little bit,” Deutch answered.

“There is a poll that came out yesterday that showed that 97 percent, which when you add in the margin of error, is everyone in America, supports universal background checks,” he said. “I don’t have a good answer for why something that’s supported by 100% of the American people hasn’t been passed.”

“When any organization spends tens of millions of dollars promoting the interests of gun corporations… yes, our democracy is a little broken,” Deutch continued. “[But] here’s the beauty of our democracy. No matter how much they spend… the leadership that has been shown is leading a movement that is so much stronger than money spent in political campaigns. That’s why the democracy can be fixed and will be fixed.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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