Nation mourns, reacts to Orlando mass shooting

Orlando mass shooting renews debate on stricter gun laws

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly 50 people were shot and killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning in what's being considered the worst mass shooting in American history. Authorities say the gunman, Omar Mateen, was influenced by extremist information that he found over the internet.

This morning on Sunrise, we spoke with several people who weighed in on the situation.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said he was deeply saddened to hear the news over the weekend. He said, like many other members of the U.S. Senate, he wants to renew the push for certain types of gun control. Last year, he tried to pass a bill that targeted people on the terror watch list and on the so-called "no-fly" list. Senator Schatz believes it's ridiculous that those who are on the two lists are still able to buy guns legally. He wants to try and push the bill through again after senate republicans voted against the bill last fall. "It makes no sense at all from the standpoint of public safety," he said.

Typically after a tragedy of this magnitude like at Sandy Hook elementary and in San Bernadino, there is big push for more gun control, but it rarely gets any traction in Congress. Senator Schatz acknowledged that. He suggested that because these types of bills are blocked routinely by many republicans, perhaps we should make it a voting issue. He believes that the American people would be willing to pass some common sense policies to increase public security.

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