NEWSLETTER: Enough is Enough
Yesterday, we witnessed a horrific massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. My heart breaks for each and every person affected by yesterday’s tragedy and I pray for the swift recovery of those injured and solace for those who lost loved ones.
Since January 1, 2018, there have been 18 school shootings. That’s eighteen times our children heard gunshots in the place they are supposed to be safe.
To those who say it is too soon to talk about gun safety reform, I say it is far past time to talk. By using the same tired, lame excuse over and over again just to put off doing anything, you are insulting the memory of those who were killed and injured. It’s been more than five years since Sandy Hook and we’ve had more than 200 school shootings since then. Yet, we’ve done nothing at the federal level because Republicans in Congress are either too scared of crossing the NRA or they actually believe the nonsense that more guns on the streets make us safer. Either way, it is totally unacceptable.
The most important responsibilities members of Congress have are to protect the American people and uphold our Constitution; these things are not at odds. We can act to protect our children, our teachers, movie and concert goers, without infringing on the Second Amendment.
That’s why I have introduced five different pieces of legislation to address gun violence and am a proud supporter of so many others – universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and massacre magazines, and more.
I have authored legislation to enact harsher penalties for gun trafficking, to close the gun show background check loophole, to incentivize responsible gun ownership, to fund gun violence research, and to promote the development of “smart gun” technology. For this work, I’m consistently given an “F” rating from the NRA, and I wear it like a badge of honor.
You can read more about my bills here and the proposals I am supporting on my website here.
Enough moments of silence. Kids are being killed. It’s time to act.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress