We are truly saddened by the murder of so many young Americans at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this week, and that sadness is only deepened by the feeling that it could have been prevented. We are, however, no longer shocked by the tragic gun violence that has become pervasive in our country. We have become accustomed to these scenes, and they are, unfortunately, uniquely American and far too common. There have been 18 school shootings in the first 45 days of 2018, and the Republican Party will do nothing to address this problem. The Republican Party has accepted that this is the cost of living in America. We do not.
A majority of Americans support increased gun regulations, including universal background checks, restricting those with histories of mental illness and violent behavior, or banning assault rifles and high capacity magazines. A majority of Americans would like Congress, state government, and local governments to work together to put these solutions into effect. And all Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, want these horrific tragedies to stop. Our prayers go out to all the families and victims, and we commit to working as hard as we can to fix this problem so no one has to experience it again.
Chair, Collier County Democratic Party