Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings (D) didn’t mince words about lack of legislative action on gun violence when he took to the House floor on Thursday.
“If today is not the day for us to discuss gun violence, then I want to know what day is,” Hastings wrote in the caption to the video of his speech. “People are being killed all over this nation: we have an epidemic, and we are constantly doing nothing about it. If it’s not today, then when? If it’s not us, then who?”
He said he grieves for the victims of the Arizona shooting and asks, “When will enough be enough?”
Hastings said he owns a gun, but said the unhinged fear that someone is going to come and take everyone’s guns away is “foolish.”
“There are some people in our society who believe that somebody is going to come and take their guns,” he said. “That’s foolish, and we need to stop this madness. Doing nothing in the face of all this epidemic violence that we are experiencing allows that not only is this House dysfunctional… but it is frozen.”
Watch Hasting’s speech, as posted to his Facebook page, here:
Hastings: If not today, then when? If not us, then who?Yesterday, I stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and spoke of the need to act on #gunviolence. I was told by a Republican colleague that it was neither the time nor place to talk about guns. If today is not the day for us to discuss gun violence, then I want to know what day is. People are being killed all over this nation: we have an epidemic, and we are constantly doing nothing about it. If it’s not today, then when? If it’s not us, then who?This morning, our country witnessed yet another shooting on a college campus. My heart goes out to the victims, and I grieve with the Northern Arizona University community. When will enough be enough? #guncontrol #WhateverItTakes
Posted by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings on Friday, October 9, 2015
WATCH: ‘Incredible tornado’ caught on tape by storm chaser
Shocking video was posted to Twitter on Friday by a storm chaser in Canada.
"A tornado has touched down in southwestern Manitoba near Virden," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports. "The funnel cloud was documented and posted to social media by several people in the area, including storm chaser Aaron Jayjack, who shot video of himself standing in front of the twister as it touched down."
Authorities warned golf ball-sized hail was likely.
"This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation," the government warned. "Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately."
‘Honestly, I think Trump wants to lose’: Bedminster press conference panned as campaign ‘self-sabotage’
President Donald Trump made lots of promises at a Friday evening press conference, but did not take any action.
The president made the comments from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, where he arrived on Thursday for an extended weekend.
He held the press conference while allowing members of his private club to serve as an audience for his speech, which was announced by the White House but frequently veered into partisan electoral politics. Members were seen without masks and not social distancing, potentially in violation of New Jersey regulations.
Trump's comments came after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin "did not make any progress" in negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
WATCH: Bedminster members cheer when Trump praises them for refusing to social distance
Donald Trump received loud applause from the members at his private club who had gathered as an audience for his presidential address.
Trump was asked why the audience at Bedminster Golf Club was not social distancing, with many seen without maks.
The leader of the free world replied that the event -- officially announced by the White House -- was a political rally and a peaceful protest.
The audience cheered his comments, as he complained about fake news.