As a mom of two boys in junior high and high school, every time I hear of another shooting, it reminds me that my boys could be next, and that is a thought too hard to bear. One that no parent should have to endure. It’s time that our Representatives in Washington take action to protect our children.That starts with standing up to special interest groups like the NRA and passing meaningful gun reform including universal background checks for all gun sales and a ban on the sale of assault weapons. The number one priority for our elected officials should be protecting our citizens, particularly our children. It’s time they do their job and stop these attacks on our communities, our families and our kids.
This is a debate about the ease of obtaining guns, the power and appropriateness of combat-grade gun technology, and the common-sense regulation of guns.It’s time for the adult voices of reason to speak loudly to their lawmakers as they have in Florida and change the laws that favor public safety. Arming teachers should not be a part of this discussion as it only serves as another point of distraction from the real issue.It is right to stand today with the voices of our students who are in the line of fire including the brave voices of our Fairfield High School students who walked out this month. We send our love to the parents and families of those that were lost in the Parkland School District and commit our voices and civil demonstration to bring about the changes that will prevent another tragedy in our schools.
The shooting in Parkland, Florida — and the subsequent response by the surviving students — is equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring. I am proud to be supporting local efforts by Iowa City Community School District junior high and high school students to prevent continued inaction on gun safety reform. Compared to the rest of the country, Iowa’s gun laws are relatively strong, but I believe we can do better.