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Engel Statement on 2nd Anniversary of Parkland Shooting

Engel Statement on 2nd Anniversary of Parkland Shooting

Congressmen Eliot L. Engel, a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, issues the following statement marking the 2nd anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting:

“It has been 2 years since the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, where 17 innocent lives were lost. This brutal, heartless act of violence shook the American consciousness and created an entirely new generation of gun violence prevention advocates. I visited Parkland in the aftermath of the shooting and stood shoulder to shoulder with the activists in the community. There was a sense that day that maybe, finally, something could be done about this out of control public health threat. But the fact remains that 2 years later, attacks like the one at Parkland are still all too common, and serious actions needs to be taken in order for our students to truly be safe.

“As a Member of Congress one of my top priorities has always been to enact stricter gun laws. That is why I supported both H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. These commonsense bills would save lives and both passed the House. But they have languished in the Senate, thanks to Mitch McConnell and his shameful GOP cohorts.

“I have also introduced my own legislation to combat our nation’s gun violence crisis, including H.R. 4691, the Safe Gun Storage Act, which I authored with my colleague Congresswoman Jayapal to implement safety standards on all gun locks and safes. Additionally, I have introduced H.R. 952, the Armor-Piercing Bullets Act, legislation to restrict the sale of the M855 NATO 5.56 ‘green tip’ armor-piercing round, which can fit into new, high-tech pistols. There is no reason for these types of bullets to be on the market and must be taken off the shelves. I have also introduced H.R. 2670, the PLEA Act, which would ban armor-piercing handguns, particularly the FN Herstal Five-seveN, the firearm used during the Foot Hood Shooting over a decade ago.

“Any one of these bills would make Americans safer, but without willing partners on the other side of the aisle, they will remain sidelined. The students of Parkland and their families deserve more than our thoughts and prayers. It’s time to act.”

PHOTO: Rep. Engel standing with gun violence prevention advocates in Parkland, Florida just two months after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.