It's Been 9 Days
It’s been 9 days since 17 students and teachers were brutally murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It’s been 9 days since they and their peers were attacked and brutalized in a place where everyone should feel safe. It’s been 9 days of survivors speaking out, of them begging us to act, and it’s been 9 days of Republicans in Congress remaining silent.
If it wasn’t clear before, it sure is clear now; the NRA doesn’t just stand for “National Rifle Association,” it stands for “No Republican Action.”
What will it take for Republicans to finally stand up to the NRA, to gun manufacturers, and say enough is enough?
To those who say it is too soon to talk about gun safety reform, I say it is far past time to talk. We are too late for the people of Parkland, of Las Vegas, of Orlando, of Southerland Springs, of Aurora, of Sandy Hook. We are too late for the thousands of grieving families all throughout this nation.
We are past the time for thoughts and prayers, for they are meaningless without action. I’ve authored five gun safety bills, and am working on a sixth, that would keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them and help save lives. The time for action is long overdue. You can read more about the specific actions I’m taking on my website.
The students of Stoneman Douglas High School are showing us the way. Teenagers who should be worrying about their next test or where to go to college are instead begging for us to finally do something about gun violence. And we need to answer their calls. This country is failing in its most basic and fundamental responsibility – keeping people safe – because too many Republicans in Congress are either scared of the NRA or actually believe their nonsense. Enough is enough. It’s time to act and I will keep doing everything possible to see that we do.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress