“Doing nothing is complicity.”
UVALDE, Texas – We know of at least 19 students and two adults killed in a mass shooting Tuesday at a South Texas elementary school. Schools are supposed to be America's second safe haven for our children, yet far too often, families experience tragedy and terror.
Sanctuaries of safety are now where too many parents fear for their children's lives.
My heart extends to the community of Uvalde, but offering condolences and prayers is not enough without proactive legislation to reduce gun violence. Gun violence is a public health crisis and deserves attention and research commensurate with its impact on our Nation. Mass shootings have risen, doubling from two years earlier.
Solutions shouldn't be either/or – Keep guns or prevent gun violence at schools like Uvalde. We need to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and reduce gun violence. These are not mutually exclusive.
America is demanding to hear solutions from Congress.
So, enough! No more speeches and empty platitudes. It's time to address the problem. We need leadership, and we need action to protect the lives of our loved ones. We need a national plan.
If I were your Representative, I would sponsor a simple, easy-to-understand bill – Stop Gun Violence in America - Our Nation's Plan. Immediately, this would form a commission of experts to report to Congress no later than July 1, 2022:
What are the causes of gun violence?
List specific measures that are acceptable, practical, and possible.
Doing nothing is complicity.
We need to agree on the problem and the cause, develop proven measures that abide by the Constitution, and move forward with the gusto and power this problem deserves.
My policy on gun violence can be found here, along with one of many sources from gun violence experts proposing solutions. I'm not shy about my stance. This morning focuses on grieving families, friends, and student colleagues — the needless deaths of 19 children and three adults.
For them, Members of Congress, do your job.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life..."
Further than the Second Amendment, I want our Representative to believe in life as an inalienable right. We agree we have the right to bear arms–and many practical solutions do not infringe on it–but every time we do nothing, our Congress's and our Representative's priorities are out of line with the needs of our country.