Parkland shooting victims honored on anniversary
President urges Congress to reform weapons legislation
US President Joe Biden on Sunday issued a statement on the third anniversary of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida, which killed fourteen students and three teachers. President pledges to take action to end gun violence and urged Congress to reform gun laws.
“For three years now, Parkland families have been spending birthdays and holidays without those they loved,” the president said. “They didn’t know what it was like to send the kids to college or see them at their first job after school. Like so many other families, they had to bury pieces of their soul deep underground. Like so many families – and the whole country – they wondered if everything would ever be okay. ” “These families are not alone,” Biden continued. “Throughout the country, parents, spouses, children, brothers and sisters, and friends are familiar with the pain that is caused by the loss of a loved one due to violence with the use of firearms.”.
“Parkland students and many other young people around the country who have experienced gun violence continue the history of the American way. It is a story written by young people of every generation who challenge prevailing dogmas by demanding the simple truth: we can do better. And we will do it, ”the president assured. Biden said his administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed the call..
“We will take action to end the epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer,” he said..
He called on Congress to implement “common sense” gun reform. According to Baden, it should include requirements for verification of buyers on all arms sales, a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity stores, as well as the lifting of immunity for weapons manufacturers..
“We are indebted to those we lost and those left to grieve and must make a difference. It’s time to act, ”the president summed up.
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