In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, "CNN Tonight" host Don Lemon says there's one common denominator in America — access to guns.
While speaking on the show Wednesday, Lemon called out America's obsession with guns and the easy access most Americans have to them. He went on to say, "shut up" to anyone that doesn't think it's time to address gun control.
“You can save it. People who are saying, ‘Oh, you know, it’s not the time to talk about guns’ or whatever, yes, it is. Shut up. I don’t want to hear it. It absolutely is,” Lemon said in the video below.
He added that when compared to violence in other countries America is, "off the charts."
On Wednesday, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz began opening fire in the school leaving 17 people dead. The fallout has Americans, once again, crying out for stricter gun laws.
"We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless," former President Barack Obama tweeted Thursday. "Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change."
Lemon echoed Obama's sentiment.
“So don’t tell me that it’s not the time to talk about it. You talk to those people down in Florida who lost their loved ones," Lemon said. "They’ll tell you it’s time to talk about it. My loved one would be here if this shooter did not have access to an assault-style rifle.”
In February 2017, President Donald Trump signed a gun measure, which "revoked an Obama-era regulation that required the Social Security Administration to disclose information to the national gun background check system about certain people with mental illness on a quarterly basis," CNN reports.
Check out clip from the segment below.