Its time to take a position Florida school shooting marks turning point for couple
Published on Feb 18, 2018
Wednesday's mass shooting at a Florida high school has reignited the debate over gun laws. While the assault rifle used by the suspected gunman was legally purchased and required a five-day waiting period, some want to see future sales of the weapon halted.
Crowds chanted "no more guns" at a vigil Friday night honoring the victims of the shooting. Glenn and Angela Goad were there.
Their 14-year-old daughter goes to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where Wednesday's attack unfolded.
"I think there is absolutely zero need for an assault rifle in this country," Angela said.
The registered Republicans said the shooting has changed their view on guns. They want assault rifles banned and more security and mental health funding for schools.
"I have friends who are avid hunters and gunmen and friends who probably never owned a gun like me. But I think for me personally it's time to take a position," Glenn said. "I'm embarrassed as a father and as an American that it took this event to make me have emotion about this because the children of Sandy Hook were just as important as the children in Parkland."
He said he never wants to feel the despair he felt Wednesday.
"It was, 'please don't let me lose this child,' … and today, 17 families don't get to say that."
The couple told CBS News their neighbors are now holding meetings to discuss ways to bring change.