- The Washington Times - Monday, February 26, 2018

Rep. Josh Gottheimer said Monday that both parties are committed to addressing mass shootings in schools as Congress reconvenes this week.

“After 9/11, we all came together as a country — Democrats and Republicans — and we figured out a way to take on terrorism, and obviously made incredible progress in that goal. There is no reason why, as Americans, we can’t come together and solve this,” Mr. Gottheimer, New Jersey Democrat, said on CNN.

He is co-chairman of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, which he said has already agreed to meet about the issue of gun violence in schools on Tuesday.

“In our caucus, which is 24 Democrats and 24 Republicans, what I’ve heard, and we’ve all been talking, is what can we do,” Mr. Gottheimer explained.

He said he hasn’t seen this kind of motivation to address this issue and is hopeful that Congress will take steps to address the problem.

A mass shooting on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, brought the issue of gun violence back to the political forefront. Seventeen people were killed at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School when the suspected gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, opened fire using an AR-15.

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