Published: Oct 20, 2011 9:39 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Senator Bill Nelson has issued a statement regarding the death of Moammar Gadhafi:

"I hope today’s news of the death of Libya’s ousted dictator is followed by a rapid move there toward peace, stability and democracy. Meantime, the U.S. must assist the transitional government in securing and destroying stockpiles of dangerous weapons."