Washington, D.C – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement to mark two years since the shooting in Parkland, Florida killed 17 innocent people and injured 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:
“Two years ago, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community was devastated by an unspeakable act of terror and murder that stole 17 innocent lives, and left countless others heartbroken and traumatized. On this solemn remembrance, we continue to offer our profound gratitude to the first responders who came to the aid of those in need, and to the survivors and families who have turned their grief into courageous action.
“Painfully, the tragedy in Parkland is part of an epidemic of gun violence that has torn families and communities apart across the country. Every day, 100 people are killed by guns in the United States, with 47 children and teens injured or killed. No family, anywhere, should have to suffer the pain of losing a loved one to the horror of gun violence. Guided by the powerful voices of millions of young people from Parkland and across the country who are marching for their lives, the American people are demanding action and saying clearly, ‘Enough is enough!’
“House Democrats stand with these persistent, dissatisfied young leaders to demand an end to the violence and bloodshed. Nearly one year ago, the House honored all the victims and survivors of gun violence by passing H.R. 8, bipartisan, commonsense universal background checks legislation. For 352 days, that lifesaving legislation has sat on Leader McConnell’s desk in blatant disregard for the will of the American people. Democrats remain committed to advancing a drumbeat of action to demand a Senate vote on H.R. 8, and will continue our work to end the daily tragedy of gun violence once and for all.”
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