Mother of suspect in Florida airport shooting says it’s time to ban assault rifles

[van id=”politics/2018/04/08/trump-speaker-prop-florida-lsa-pm-dcc-text-orig.cnn”] (CNN) — The “Donald Trump for speaker” idea won’t die, the mother of the son killed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport told the Florida legislative delegation on Monday. Marilou Danley was testifying…

Mother of suspect in Florida airport shooting says it's time to ban assault rifles

[van id=”politics/2018/04/08/trump-speaker-prop-florida-lsa-pm-dcc-text-orig.cnn”]

(CNN) — The “Donald Trump for speaker” idea won’t die, the mother of the son killed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport told the Florida legislative delegation on Monday.

Marilou Danley was testifying on behalf of her son, victim Esteban Santiago, who is charged with the shooting that left five people dead and eight others injured.

Santiago, a U.S. Navy veteran, has been charged with five counts of premeditated murder and eight counts of attempted murder, said Joyce Banda, a spokeswoman for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

After releasing a statement on her son’s behalf, Danley asked for a moment of silence for victims and families affected by the shooting.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz then delivered a tearful, impassioned opening statement on behalf of Florida lawmakers, which attracted a strong ovation from the crowd of more than 20 people.

She introduced Danley and said she had come to support “common sense gun safety legislation.”

“How many more families must lose loved ones?” Wasserman Schultz asked. “I hope that the state of Florida will take advantage of this opportunity to pass legislation to enhance safety in Florida.”

Danley “wishes she could have done more and she will have an opportunity to tell you,” the congresswoman said.

Wasserman Schultz reiterated her call for tougher background checks to prevent the purchase of deadly weapons.

Leave a Comment