Today, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22), the House Representative for Parkland, Florida, issued this statement following passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“I dedicated my vote today to Alyssa. To Scott, Martin, Nicholas, and Aaron. To Jaime and Chris, Luke and Cara. I dedicated it to Gina, Joaquin, Alaina, Meadow, Helena, Alex, Carmen, and Peter. To those 17, to the families that joined us in the halls of Congress today, and to every family around this country with an empty seat at the table. As I voted to save the next life, I dedicated that vote to the lives we lost—to the lives cut short, but who inspired us to take this action.
“This is a pivotal moment. For the first time in decades, this act of bipartisan cooperation to combat gun violence is a clear step toward progress. These last few days have shown clearly that we live in a time when the path forward on many issues, including this one, seems daunting. We face seemingly insurmountable odds, we face laws struck down and political gridlock. There is a great deal more to do. But today, Congress came together on behalf of all our communities who have been impacted by gun violence. We took the first step. Now let’s keep moving.”