02/14/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2018 19:08
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting in Parkland, FL:
'Our worst fears have been realized, and our community has been left shattered. The lives of 17 innocent individuals have been ripped away from us in a cowardly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I am heartbroken tonight and without words.
'I am so grateful to all of the first responders who acted selflessly and without hesitation to prevent further loss of life, and am thankful for the teachers who did everything possible to keep their students safe.
'There is nothing I can say that will bring consolation to the families of the victims, nor to our community. I can only pledge that I will meet this tragedy with the fiercest of resolve. There have been 18 school shootings since the start of the year. This is not normal. This is not natural. This is not, and can never be, the cost of living in America.
'The stranglehold of the gun lobby has gone on long enough. They have divided our country and washed their hands of responsibility, even as schools and neighborhoods bear the brunt of gun violence every single day. I am sick and tired of feeling the heartbreak of communities ripped apart by this violence.
'I demand that President Trump takes decisive action to get guns off our streets. Democrats in Congress have tried and been blocked by Republicans, time and time again. This cannot be allowed to continue. The President is the leader of our country, and he must step up and tell his party that the time for inaction is over. We must end the violence, and we must take every step possible to make our schools and communities a safe place.'
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.