Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding yesterday’s shooting in Parkland, Florida:
“My heart breaks for the victims of yesterday’s shooting and for their families and friends. 17 innocent lives were lost in yet another senseless act of violence. The community of Parkland, Florida has been struck by an unimaginable tragedy and my sincerest condolences go out to all those affected and I will continue to hold them in my thoughts as they grieve. I would also like to thank the brave first responders as well as the teachers and faculty who risked their lives to protect the students they teach every day.
The time has long since passed for us to address the epidemic that is plaguing our country. We cannot continue to sit idly by as children are attacked in their schools, a place that should be a safe haven. I am ashamed that Congress has not enacted comprehensive legislation that could have prevented this incident and others like it, from happening. I call on Speaker Ryan to hold a vote on the numerous pieces of legislation that have been introduced in an attempt to restrict access to deadly weapons that are all too often turned on innocent civilians. We must do better.”