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CNN analyst breaks down crying while talking about Florida shooting

The Hill logo The Hill 2/14/2018 Avery Anapol

CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd broke down in tears on Wednesday while discussing the Florida school shooting live on CNN.

"I have ten nieces and nephews," Mudd said, his voice breaking. "We're talking about bump stocks, we're talking about legislation. A child of god is dead. Can not we acknowledge in this country that we cannot accept this."

"I can't do it Wolf," he said to CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I'm sorry, we can't do it."

Blitzer then cut away to a different analyst.

The suspect, who was later put in custody, was identified as a former student after shooting students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Authorities said there were multiple fatalities and "at least 14 victims," though it was unclear how many of the victims were killed and how many were injured.

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump both tweeted their condolences to the students and families.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a vocal advocate for gun legislation, condemned the shooting on the Senate floor, saying that these kinds of incidents only happen in the U.S. because of legislative "inaction."

"This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America - this epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting," Murphy said Wednesday.

"It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction," he added. "We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else."


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