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After a 19-year-old man was accused of fatally shooting 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week, all eyes turned to Republican lawmakers, many of whom support the pro-gun organizations over the years.

Thousands of students, parents and teachers participated in rallies over the weekend in support of stronger gun control legislation. And many of them accused the politicians – especially the ones that the donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA), a non-profit, accepts and supports gun rights.

Here’s a look at what is said to have 15 Republican senators over gun control in the aftermath of the fatal shooting on Feb. 14.

John Boozman, Arkansas

If Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., a student in Arkansas, he said it was unusual that “young people actually bring their rifles to school during deer season.” But, he told KARK-TV, “nobody at that time wore the idea to do such a terrible thing” as shooting individuals in a school.

Boozman says the “core of the problem” to the United States, a mix of drugs, gangs, mental health, and the “break-up of the family,” which, he argued, can be the catalyst behind the recent tragedies.

“Don’t throw money at the problem, or the adoption of a law, it would be easy to make no difference, is not the answer – even if it is, we all feel better.”

– Sen. John Boozman

“My understanding is, if you do not have all the cases like this that happen in recent history that all of the things that have been proposed in Congress to address them, would be no difference,” Boozman said KARK. “Don’t throw money at the problem, or the adoption of a law, it would be easy to make no difference, is not the answer – even if it is, we all feel better.”

He said he wants to see the country, will be able to identify more easily, “these young white men that are definitely mentally ill, very unstable,” and be able to “somehow hold them back.”

Susan Collins, Maine

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the Bangor Daily News that she sponsored several bills in Congress that would ban people on a no-fly list buying weapons and strengthening background checks.

“What happened [in Florida] is not only a terrible tragedy, but it has happened far too many times in this country,” she said.

John Cornyn, Texas

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has spoken to President Trump on a cross-party bill to strengthen the FBI’s database of prohibited gun buyers, according to the White house.

The bill, which he introduced last year, in addition to Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., would the Federal authorities, which is not on the required records and reward States in accordance with Federal grant-settings and other incentives.punish

Ted Cruz, Texas

Appearing on Fox News, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, criticized Democrats for what he said was her attempt to “politicize” a tragedy – including the endorsement of “take the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Cruz mentioned the mass shootings at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017, and said the survivors said to him: “gun control is the answer.”

“The answer is to focus on criminals, focus on violent criminals,” Cruz said.

The former presidential candidate has CNN fought in the course of the rotation. Cable news network accused Cruz to speak along with other Republicans, the “appears not ready” on CNN about gun control.

Cruz pushed back on Twitter, said he had a 15-minute interview with ” CNN “about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence,” but said the network “aired nothing about it.”

That’s funny, I spoke with CNN for 15 minutes yesterday about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence (such as the Grassley-Cruz bill—what are the Dems filibustered, that would be $300 million for the school safety) even CNN has nothing to broadcast. Why not air the (entire) interview? https://t.co/c4GZcqTbs7

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) 16. February 2018

Joni Ernst In Iowa

After the shooting, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said there should be a balance between the support of existing gun laws and not to restrict Second Amendment rights.

“We need to prevent the enforcement of existing Federal gun laws that firearms in the wrong hands, we can and must do so in a way that, in accordance with our Constitution,” Ernst told KCCI-TV.

“The reason is not that we have the Second Amendment; it is that we are not adequately addressing mental illness in the United States.”

– Sen. Joni Ernst

She told reporters on a conference call that the problem is not guns but societal problems that can be helped with better access to services for mental health, the des Moines Register reported.

“The reason is not that we said the Second Amendment”, Seriously. “It is so, that we are not adequately addressing mental illness in the United States. We need to focus on that, and we need to focus on substance.”

Cory Gardner In Colorado

Like other Republicans, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said the rampage should serve as an example for the legislators to a better improvement of mental health.

“Now is the time to have a discussion about what we can do to break the barriers that help prevent, go to the people you need – whether it’s a drug abuse Problem, or whether the concern is a mental health,” Gardner says, according to the Denver Post.

Gardner called for a probe into whether the authorities took in the past, complaints about the alleged gunman seriously enough.

“We need to understand why these reports were not investigated or no further action taken,” he said.

Chuck Grassley, Iowa

After the shooting, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told fellow lawmakers he planned to come up with some to discuss of you gun legislation, CBS News reported.

The Senate judiciary Committee-Chairman responded to a request by sen Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and he said he would talk to her and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

Both senators have introduced legal provisions in relation to possession of weapons. Feinstein, in particular, seeks to raise the minimum age to purchase guns.

Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., accused of gun control try-advocates, “a tragedy, and try to benefit from it.”

“Every time there is an incident, people somehow think that if you take their guns from law-abiding citizens criminals give up their weapons voluntarily,” Inhofe told WJLA-TV. “It makes no sense to me.”

.@JimInhofe: “Every time there is an incident, people somehow think that if you take their guns from law-abiding citizens and give criminals their weapons voluntarily. It makes no sense to me,” @OKCFOX #C2C pic.twitter.com/k9qxkpXU88

— C2C Sinclair (@SBGC2C) February 14, 2018

John Kennedy, Louisiana

According To Senator John Kennedy, R-La., to stop the “first way, which is a shooter, to shoot.”

Kennedy calls for the active shooter drills, and trained security personnel on hand in the schools. He told WVUE-TV that he is not to support “more gun control.”

“I don’t think that gun control keeps the guns out of the hands of people who don’t have weapons,” said Mr Kennedy. “I think the criminals and those who are mentally ill will obey gun laws keep pretty much how the politicians promise.”

“I think our problem is not gun control it’s idiot control,” he laughed.

James Lankford, Oklahoma

While he is not on Board with a ban of so-called assault weapons, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., called for a stronger background checks in the Wake of the Florida school shooting.

“The problem is not the possession of an AR-15, it is the person who owns them,” Lankford told NBC News, and added that he believe that to buy the AR-15 should be more difficult.

He pushed on reforms to strengthen background checks on individuals purchasing firearms, especially in some “rural departments, or Federal level.”

Lankford strongly advocated that the “Fix NICS act” by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn. The bill “punishes Federal authorities, which does not properly report the relevant data sets and creates States for improvement of their General reporting,” Cornyn described in a post on his website.

Lisa Murkowski Of Alaska

As some of your Republican colleagues, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, focuses on the mental health efforts in the Wake of the shooting.

“I think we all know that there is not a single initiative to stop the be able to what happened in Florida or what happened — unfortunately — far too many other areas where, again, you will not think that there is a safety there,” Murkowski said Vox.

She added that Alaska is a “very serious deficiency when it comes to mental health providers.”

Mike Rounds, South Dakota

In an interview with NPR, Sen., Mike Rounds, R-S. D., not encouraged, using the people to get caught up in the type of weapon in the school shooting.

“Call them can be said any kind of a number of different types of weapons, assault rifle, and all of a sudden then a demonized Element” rounds. “And then all of a sudden, it sounds like we have done something. The reality is there are a whole lot of different types of weapons that can be used whether you are talking about a gun, or you’re talking about a shotgun, or are you talking about a gun…”

Rounds said Congress “could do a better job,” but added that he supports the Second Amendment.

“All we have to do is take a certain type of weapon, the show suddenly as the discussion. And all of a sudden we are all a good feeling to have done something. And in reality, we have not done anything,” he said.

Marco Rubio, Florida

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has borne the brunt of criticism in the Wake of the school shooting in his state, his positions on gun ownership. He said the matter is “complicated,” but “not impossible.”

“If one things makes a bill better, we should vote for him and work on it,” Rubio WFOR said TV. “But we are in an age now where everyone wants to get 100 percent of what you want, or you will just go away.”

“There is this false narrative that says, just because you can doesn’t mean with mental illness that you want part dealing with the gun.”

– Marco Rubio Sen.

Rubio said it would be “impossible” for the alleged gunman in a Park landscape, will be able to get the weapon, which he did, although he added that he respects law-abiding citizens who want to have a weapon like an AR-15 for sport or for protection.

“There is this false narrative that says, just because you can doesn’t mean with mental illness that you want part dealing with the gun. I am willing to deal with the weapon. I don’t think that people like this guy, or people like him should be able to use any weapon, not an AR-15, a gun. We need a system that can keep you from getting it,” Rubio said.

Rubio also ready to have a Democratic bill in the Florida legislature, the courts allow, in order temporarily to prevent people with weapons, if you are determined a danger to himself or others.

Tim Scott In South Carolina

After the fatal Florida shooting, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S. C., said that the “system was simply not followed.”

“We all say,” If you see something, say something”,” Scott told CBS News. “In [the] Parkland community, we people watched, the reporting of it department 20 calls to the sheriff’s that responded to you. The FBI received a legitimate, credible tip and it was not pursued.”

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

On social media, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., sure, the public of his commitment to “the improvement of our Federal background check system.”

“I think that gun safety legislation should focus on keeping guns away from those who should not have them – criminals, the said dangerously mentally ill and terrorists,” Toomey.

I believe that gun safety legislation should criminal the emphasis is on keeping guns away from those who should not have them, the dangerous mentally ill, and terrorists.

— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) February 15, 2018

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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