American politician, attorney and NASA administrator
Clarence William Nelson II (born 29 September 1942) is an American politician and attorney serving as the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He previously served as a United States Senator from Florida from 2001 to 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1972 to 1978 and in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1991.
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- I have hunted all my life...but an AR-15 is not for hunting. It’s for killing.
- After the February 14, 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, on February 15, 2018 on the floor of the United States Senate (Fisher, Marc (February 15, 2018). "The AR-15: ‘America’s rifle’ or illegitimate killing machine?". The Washington Post. Retrieved on September 6, 2018. ; Jansen, Bart (February 15, 2018). "Florida shooting suspect bought gun legally, authorities say". USA Today. Retrieved on August 22, 2018. ; "Florida Senators on Parkland School Shooting". C-SPAN. February 15, 2018. Retrieved on August 22, 2018. ; "FL senator: 'AR-15 is not for hunting, it’s for killing'". BBC. February 15, 2018. Retrieved on August 22, 2018. ) and in an interview on Fox News' Fox & Friends (Breuninger, Kevin (February 15, 2018). "AR-15s are not the problem, manufacturers say after rifle-wielding teenage gunman kills 17 people at Florida school". CNBC. Retrieved on August 22, 2018. ) and the next day in an appearance in Parkland ("VERBATIM: 'An AR-15 is not for hunting, it's for killing'". Reuters. February 16, 2018. Retrieved on August 22, 2018. ; "'An AR-15 Is for Killing': Sen. Nelson Hopes FL Shooting Is the 'Turning Point' on Gun Control". Fox News. February 16, 2018. Retrieved on August 22, 2018. ).
- We are showing that planetary defense is a global endeavor, and it is very possible to save our planet.
- Congratulatory message to NASA teams, after the successful impact of the DART spacecraft into the moonlet Dimorphos of the asteroid Didymos. · "DART's Impact with Asteroid Dimorphos" Official NASA Broadcast, 1h 25m (26 September 2022)