Deutch Statement on One Year since Stoneman Douglas Tragedy
To mark one year since the gun violence tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which left 17 students and school staff dead and 17 others injured, Congressman Deutch issued this statement:
"Our community and the nation will never forget the tragedy one year ago today, on February 14, 2018, when 17 lives were taken from us. This will be a difficult day for the Stoneman Douglas community, especially for the families of the victims and the survivors. Thousands of lives were changed forever.
"But from this tragedy, our community has found ways to turn their pain into artistic expression and activism. The courageous families have started foundations and non-profits, worked through local and state government and school administration, all in their work to make sure such tragedy never befalls another family or community. The passion of the young leaders from Stoneman Douglas and other communities have fought and won some victories for gun violence reform across the country. Even in Washington their efforts are starting to make headway, and just last night, for the first time in decades, the House Judiciary Committee passed major gun violence prevention legislation to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
"Seventeen lives were cut short one year ago today. Every day since, and every day moving forward, I commit my work to their memory and honor them with action: Alyssa Alhadef, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Christopher Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, and Peter Wang."
Click here to watch Congressman Deutch's closing statement as the House Judiciary Committee passed the universal background check legislation.
Click here to read about Rep. Deutch's days of action on gun violence.