WASHINGTON- New gun control measures are not the answer to preventing mass shootings, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Tuesday.
“No. I think we need more idiot control,” Kennedy told CNN’s John Berman.
Kennedy explained: “I’m talking to the people who do this, some of whom are mentally ill. And to them I would say, OK, misuse of the word idiot. But I’m talking about other people. We just automatically assume some of these folks are mentally ill. I happen to believe there is evil in the world.”
Seventeen people were killed on Feb. 14 when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Police charged Nikolas Cruz, 19, with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Law enforcement agencies failed to followup on tips claiming Cruz might be prone to violence.
The shooting has reignited the gun-control debate and pressure is mounting on lawmakers to take action but it is unclear whether Congress will pass new gun safety legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that the upper chamber should consider legislation introduced by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) that would strengthen the the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
The House has passed similar legislation.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats have said that strengthening the NICS system would not negate the need for legislation requiring universal background checks.