It has been two and a half weeks since 17 students lost their lives during the mass shooting at a South Florida high school.
"We aren't there long enough", she said.
Petty's 14-year-old daughter, Alaina, was killed in the February 14 shooting, along with 13 schoolmates and three staff members.
The bill drew bipartisan opposition, and if one more senator had voted "no", it would have failed on a tie.
As amended in the Senate bill, classroom teachers would be excluded from carrying guns to work unless they are part of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, or are members of the United States military or former police officers. They would impose a three-day waiting period for all firearm purchases, raise the minimum age for purchasing a rifle or shotgun from 18 to 21, and ban the sale of bump stocks.
After hours of intense debate, the Florida Senate rejected an assault weapons ban this weekend, while moving forward with a voluntary plan to arm teachers in schools.
But how far did the district get in retrofitting schools that did not the more secure designs, and what other facilities work needs to be done?
The bill would name the program for slain assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who has been hailed as a hero for shielding students during the school attack. The 37-year-old graduated from Stoneman Douglas in 1999 and worked mainly with the junior varsity, living in nearby Coral Springs with his wife and daughter.
The No. 2 Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn, said on Monday the only guns-related bill the Senate was likely to consider was one that he had backed to improve the background check system.
"We have to start somewhere". Some wanted to know whether sheriffs could allow teachers to be armed with AR-15s that would not be required to be concealed - an idea Sen. "He will review any final bill that makes it to his desk".
"This bill will make a difference now. If you don't want to do your job, we'll do it for you", Hogg said. And we are trying.
The state's House of Representative has not taken up its own version of the legislation.