“The next death of someone with an assault rifle here in Florida is going to be on them… because they could have done something today.” — Sheryl Acquaroli, Parkland shooting survivor
Yesterday, as Sheryl and other young Parkland survivors looked on in horror and disgust, the Florida legislature voted overwhelmingly to reject a ban on assault rifles.
This is absolutely unacceptable. It was a slap in the face to a community that is reeling in pain right now — and to everyone across this country who has been impacted by gun violence.
Time and time again, we’ve witnessed preventable gun-fueled tragedies in this country — often committed using weapons of war like the AR-15. And time and time again, politicians have gotten away with offering up “thoughts and prayers” and nothing else.
No more. The young people of Parkland are demanding that our politicians DO SOMETHING and make concrete progress on gun reform. Let’s show them that Democracy for America members will have their backs in this fight.
Sign Democracy for America’s petition and tell lawmakers to listen to survivors instead of the NRA. We need meaningful gun reform — including an assault weapon ban — immediately.
In the wake of a horrifying school shooting that claimed 17 innocent lives, the young people of Parkland, Florida are organizing — and they’re breathing new life into the movement for sensible gun laws.
Over the weekend, a moving video of Parkland student Emma González calling “BS” on politicians who say that this isn’t about guns — or that nothing can be done about gun violence — went viral. And at least three major protests demanding change are in the works, many of them led by the very students who are being impacted by the threat of gun violence.
Not only is the organic organizing we’re seeing incredibly inspiring, it’s already moving the needle on gun reform. A Quinnipiac poll taken after the shooting and released on Tuesday showed that people favored stricter gun laws 66% to 31% — the highest level of support ever recorded by that polling firm.
The next generation is standing up and demanding that politicians prioritize saving people’s lives over taking dirty NRA money. Let’s make sure that they know which side we are on.
Sign Democracy for America’s petition and tell lawmakers to stop chasing dirty NRA money and pass common sense gun reform — including an assault rifle ban — now.
Thanks for stepping up to fight the NRA and protect our communities.
Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager
Democracy for America