President Biden marked the third anniversary of the Parkland taking pictures by vowing robust motion in opposition to the gun violence epidemic.
The President stated in an announcement supplied to PoliticusUSA by the White Home:
Three years in the past immediately, a lone gunman took the lives of 14 college students and three educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Florida. In seconds, the lives of dozens of households, and the lifetime of an American neighborhood, have been modified endlessly.
For 3 years now, the Parkland households have spent birthdays and holidays with out their family members. They’ve missed out on the expertise of sending their youngsters off to school or seeing them on their first job after highschool. Like far too many households, they’ve needed to bury items of their soul deep throughout the Earth. Like far too many households — and, certainly, like our nation — they’ve been left to wonder if issues would ever be okay.
These households aren’t alone. In large cities and small cities. In colleges and procuring malls. In church buildings, mosques, synagogues, and temples. In film theaters and live performance halls. On metropolis avenue corners that can by no means get a point out on the night information. All throughout our nation, mother and father, spouses, youngsters, siblings, and mates have recognized the ache of shedding a cherished one to gun violence. And on this season of a lot loss, final 12 months’s historic enhance in homicides throughout America, together with the gun violence disproportionately devastating Black and Brown people in our cities, has added to the variety of empty seats at our kitchen tables. Right this moment, as we mourn with the Parkland neighborhood, we mourn for all who’ve misplaced family members to gun violence.
Over these three years, the Parkland households have taught all of us one thing profound. Repeatedly, they’ve confirmed us how we are able to flip our grief into function – to march, manage, and construct a powerful, inclusive, and sturdy motion for change.
The Parkland college students and so many different younger individuals throughout the nation who’ve skilled gun violence are carrying ahead the historical past of the American journey. It’s a historical past written by younger individuals in every technology who challenged prevailing dogma to demand a easy reality: we are able to do higher. And we are going to.
This Administration is not going to await the following mass taking pictures to heed that decision. We are going to take motion to finish our epidemic of gun violence and make our colleges and communities safer. Right this moment, I’m calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun regulation reforms, together with requiring background checks on all gun gross sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun producers who knowingly put weapons of conflict on our streets. We owe it to all these we’ve misplaced and to all these left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to behave is now.
Biden’s assertion didn’t counsel taking weapons away, confiscating weapons, or any of the opposite nonsense that the NRA (the gun manufacturing foyer) has used to scare Republicans into opposing common sense gun reforms. Sooner or later within the close to future, the pandemic will finish and it’ll solely be a matter of time till the following horrific mass taking pictures happens.
After per week of being distracted by the ghost of the corrupt failed one-term president of the latest previous, Joe Biden is reminding America that there’s actual work to be completed and that those that have misplaced or had their lives endlessly modified in shootings like Parkland, will get the change and justice that they’ve been preventing for.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who’s White Home Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Diploma in Political Science. His graduate work centered on public coverage, with a specialization in social reform actions.
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