Two years ago today, “lives changed forever”
A memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, following the mass shooting on February 14, 2018, in Parkland. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Two years ago on Feb. 14, 17 students and staff were slain by a gunman at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.
The massacre led to some reforms by the Florida Legislature to stem gun violence and keep schools safe — but advocates say that’s not nearly enough.
Ban Assault Weapons NOW, a group that includes parents of children who died that day in 2018, writes:
“On Feb. 14, 2018, our lives changed forever. A gunman with a military-grade assault weapon murdered 14 students and three educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Three minutes was all it took — all because he had access to an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle which is designed to kills as many people as possible in as little time as possible.
Two years later, our NRA-backed politicians still haven’t taken a single action to ban these weapons of war and prevent another massacre like Parkland.”
The ban assault weapons group continues to pursue action, in both the Legislature and the voting booths, but it faces challenges.
The Florida Phoenix wrote recently:
“Prohibiting military-style assault weapons in Florida appears to be out of the picture this year, with advocates unable to get enough signatures to place a Constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot.
Now, the advocacy groups are focusing their hopes on legislation in the Florida Legislature that would require background checks and other requirements for firearms sold at public places, such as gun shows and flea markets.”
Today, the Ban Assault Weapons NOW group has asked people to honor the lives lost on Feb. 14, 2018, by signing a special remembrance card on the website.
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