Councilwoman Cindy Bass (8th District) issues a statement on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy that took place in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
PHILADELPHIA – February 15 – My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the at least 17 individuals whose lives were lost, and to the children who had to endure such a tragic scene, during the incident in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday. It is heart-wrenching to imagine losing a child, but especially to imagine losing a child to senseless violence. This must stop.
Two full months have not yet passed in the new year, yet we’ve already had 18 school shootings in the United States. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy is now one of the deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history. Parents are losing babies. Children are losing siblings and friends. And the ones who survive will remain haunted by the senseless acts of violence they’ve been forced to endure.
In the wake of this tragedy, our nation must take steps to legislate comprehensive gun control, in addition to sending thoughts and prayers. Congress cannot continue in the same routine of mourning, thoughts, prayers, and arguments about the Second Amendment, without taking real action. The weapon used to carry out the Parkland, Florida attack is the same type that has been used in several other massacres across our nation. Gun control legislation starts at the top, and it is imperative that our legislators protect kids, not guns. I urge state legislators and the Philadelphia congressional delegation to push for common sense gun laws that protect the rights of every individual.
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Councilwoman Cindy Bass represents the 8th Council District, which includes Germantown, Mt. Airy, Nicetown, Tioga, Chestnut Hill, portions of Logan, and West Oak Lane. She is Chair of Council’s committees on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Public Health and Human Services.