Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Congress would conduct a “meaningful conversation” about gun laws over the next few weeks to help prevent another tragedy like the one that took the lives of 20 children and 8 adults, including the shooter, in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.

Reid, a pro-gun Democrat who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, said in his remarks on the Senate floor Monday that the reality is “we are not doing enough to protect our citizens.”

“In the coming days and weeks, we will engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change laws and culture that allow this violence to continue to grow,” he said. “We have no greater responsibility than keeping our most vulnerable and most precious resource, our children, safe. And every idea should be on the table as we discuss how best to do just that.”