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