Biden is using the Parkland school shootings infamous anniversary to inject new “commonsense gun laws,” according to The Western Journal.
The tragic shooting took place at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School where 14 students and three staff members were killed.
“In seconds, the lives of dozens of families, and the life of an American community, were changed forever,” Biden said in the statement.
“For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones. They’ve missed out on the experience of sending their children off to college or seeing them on their first job after high school. Like far too many families, they’ve had to bury pieces of their soul deep within the Earth. Like far too many families — and, indeed, like our nation — they’ve been left to wonder whether things would ever be okay.”
“In big cities and small towns. In schools and shopping malls. In churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. In movie theaters and concert halls. On city street corners that will never get a mention on the evening news. All across our nation, parents, spouses, children, siblings, and friends have known the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence,” Biden’s statement went on.
“And in this season of so much loss, last year’s historic increase in homicides across America, including the gun violence disproportionately devastating Black and Brown individuals in our cities, has added to the number of empty seats at our kitchen tables. Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence.”
“Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets,” Biden said. “We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.”
Ryan Petty, a parent of one of the victims said, “Mr. President, thank you for remembering the loved ones taken from us 3 years ago.”
“Alaina loved this country and the freedoms it guarantees. Common sense tells us that honoring her life does not require infringement on the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
“Nothing in the President’s proposal will make our schools and communities safer. If the President truly cares about protecting our nation’s schools & communities, he’ll talk to the @SecretService. The answer is literally standing in front of him.”
Mr. President, thank you for remembering the loved ones taken from us 3 years ago. Alaina loved this country and the freedoms it guarantees. Common sense tells us that honoring her life does not require infringement on the rights of law-abiding citizens.🇺🇸 https://t.co/3H9NkrIYDL
— Ryan Petty (@rpetty) February 14, 2021
“It’s wrong to focus on the weapon,” Petty, now a member of the state school board, stated.
“For those who understand what happened that day, there were mistakes,” he said. “This was the most preventable school shooting in the history of our country. The warning signs were there. It was clear the killer had intentions to attack the school.”