Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida fell on the tenth anniversary of a shooting at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, that killed five students and wounded 17 more.
On the Senate floor, Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois recalled each of those victims by name - renewed his thanks to first responders - and voiced his regret that so many other school shootings have followed the one at N-I-U.
"It is devastating to think that in this great country, students and educators can be gunned down in our schools. But it happens so often that I'm afraid a numbness is setting in."
Durbin said Congress has not done enough to protect students.
He said he will continue to try to close what he sees as loopholes in gun laws, fight for universal background checks, and work to prevent illegal firearm purchases and gun theft.