Fairfax Young Democrats are confounded after learning of yet another shooting- this time on the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. As of the writing of this statement, the death toll stands at seventeen. That is seventeen potential change-makers in our society who will not have a chance to pursue a greater purpose because of the senseless slaying on the afternoon of February 14 just moments before school dismissal.
The massacre merits a reminder about two mass shootings that have come to be known by the name of the schools: Columbine, the high school outside Denver where 12 students and a teacher were killed in 1999; and Sandy Hook, the elementary school in Newtown where 20 elementary school students and six adults were shot dead in 2012.Our members have literally grown up witnessing the horrors of mass shootings and watching on as those in a position to do something do nothing.
Since 2000, more than 40 “active shooter” episodes in schools have been recorded in the United States according to F.B.I. and news reports. It is easy to glaze over numbers and let the timeline of doing absolutely nothing to stop these horrors from occuring repeat again and again and again. Legislators need to be moved by voters who will hold them accountable for their inaction.
And Fairfax Young Democrats will not sit by. We urge our state and federal representatives to vote in accordance with common sense gun legislation. We as a nation, and on a smaller scale as a community of Democrats, need to move beyond thoughts and prayers. Our prayers can wait. We need common sense legislation now.
We call upon our lawmakers to stop letting Americans die in vain.
Thank you for your advocacy for common sense gun legislation reform,
Izzy Oldfield and Paul Davis
Fairfax Young Democrats
Co-President Izzy Oldfield has written an article related to the Pennsylvania redistricting debacle on The Humanist website and Fairfax Young Democrats are cross-promoting the article on our site. Look out for more articles from Fairfax Young Democrats on a bevy of different topics. Her article is available at https://thehumanist.com/news/national/electorate-dilution-efforts-pennsylvania-republicans-impeded
Fairfax Young Democrats wholeheartedly stand with the Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) and Sheriff Stacey Kincaid. The following statement was released by Fairfax County Democratic Committee:
February 1st, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FAIRFAX – Sheriff Stacey Kincaid rightly terminated the Intergovernmental Services Agreement (IGSA) with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Sheriff will no longer hold inmates past their release date unless ICE provides a court-ordered criminal detainer. Sheriff Kincaid’s action builds trust with immigrant communities, supports law enforcement efforts, and is fiscally responsible.
Sheriff Kincaid is a career law enforcement professional and acutely understands the importance of relationships with communities to keep them safe. Of the 123 county and city sheriffs in the Commonwealth of Virginia, only one jurisdiction has an IGSA with ICE. Other jurisdictions have not reported an elevated safety risk for releasing inmates on the date determined by the court.
Furthermore, the Sheriff’s Intelligence Unit identifies, tracks, and investigates inmates suspected of gang activity and shares this information with all appropriate law enforcement agencies. Virginia law requires all sheriffs to determine residency of individuals and allows ICE to take custody of inmates five days before their scheduled release date.
“If ICE determines that a person should be taken into custody, then ICE may do so,” said Dan Lagana, Chair of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. “But the Sheriff won’t spend Fairfax County tax-payer dollars and damage relationships with local communities, whose cooperation with law enforcement is essential, to hold inmates swept up in the Trump Administration’s dragnet. Flatly put, it is the right thing to do."