It is unconscionable that guns are the 3rd leading cause of death for children in our country and unacceptable that our nation's leaders have yet to pass comprehensive gun safety legislation.
Today I feel great hope for the future. I heard a different voice—the voice of students united and determined never again to see another student die from gun violence.
I was proud to stand with students, teachers, parents and community leaders as we mourned the death of 17 victims in the Parkland shooting. We were joined by Suzanne Cohen, President of the Portland Association of Teachers and Tracie Talerico, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
This now-termed “mass shooting generation” has faced an educational experience marred by unprecedented violence and bullying. Along with the periodic table, they must memorize a list of safety rules they learn in lockdown drills, rules they know might save their lives.
This morning, with a sense of urgency and moral clarity, these brave students told the nation - #NoMore.
We all have the right to live free from fear and violence in our community and our children have the right to learn in a safe environment. It is time to put the politics aside and to adopt common sense gun control laws. I will be in Salem next year lobbying for strong gun safety legislation. We must close the loopholes. We must protect our children. This - not fear and violence - is the legacy we must pass on.