Mar 14 2018

Wednesday marked one month since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla. that left 17 people dead. Since the shooting, the debate about gun control has reignited among politicians and student advocates.
 
During a Connect to Congress interview, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said he believes there needs to be some type of gun control reform passed by Congress.
 
School Safety
"I think we have to take a look at school safety, we have to take a look at things that really make a difference," said Sen. Tillis.
 
He told News 13 that the accused gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School should have never gotten into the school and noted "the number of failures" in the shooting.
 
"There were so many instances of breakdowns in the current process--what more can we do to make sure when someone makes a statement, that they want to be a professional school shooter, when they post on Facebook, when they buy guns they shouldn't have--there were so many ways that tragedy could have been avoided," Sen. Tillis said. "First, why didn't the current process work--what more do we need to do there? Then we need to talk about the next program for background checks, we need to talk about bump stocks, we need to talk about a number of other things that I think reasonable people are prepared to take action on in Congress."
 
Border Wall Funding
The Senator also addressed the President's call for Congress to include funding for a border wall and cutting grants for so-called "sanctuary cities" in the omnibus spending bill. He said he believed it will be a hard bipartisan support, and instead wants to focus on other issues surrounding immigration.
 
"I believe we need to go back and continue the discussion on a permanent fix for the DACA population, for border security and for legal immigration," he said. "So I'm advocating to not--let's not punt on something we were so close to solving. I think those provisions in the omnibus bill could be a problem just to get Democrat support for the funding of the bill."
 
Tillerson Out, Pompeo Nominated
On Tuesday, President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated current CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
 
"I think the President is entitled to have whoever he wants in his cabinet," Sen. Tillis told News 13.
 
Sen. Tillis was also asked whether he thought the Iran deal would shift if Pompeo replaces Tillerson.
 
"I'm not really sure, I think that we're hearing--I think Secretary Tillerson heard from some of our allies--the need to keep some of the pressure on Iran, some of the basic tenants of the agreement," he said. "What we're concerned with is the real possibility that over time that Iran is going to revert back to its bad behavior. So I think it's more a matter of how can we make sure they're complying to the letter of the agreement whether you supported it when President Obama negotiated it or not, and then what more can you do because at the heart of what we're trying to do here is to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear nation."
 
Steel, Aluminum Tariffs
The Senator believes the U.S. needs to be very careful when it comes to the President's proposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.
 
"General [James] Mattis said about six weeks ago that the only thing worse than going to war with allies is going to war without allies," Sen. Tillis said. "So if we're going to have a conflict in the trade space, we need to make sure our economic partners, who are generally good trading partners, that we don't have unintended consequences for them and for American businesses."
 
He added that it could cause people in various industries to become a casualty of a "conflict that maybe first started with steel."
 
"The President's right, there are bad actors out there, China first among them," he said. "But we want to go about it in a way that's strategic, that's tailored, that keeps our economic allies on board with us."

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