Much has happened since Parkland. Students became renowned activists and launched the March for Our Lives. Parents of children lost to gun violence became fierce advocates and some were elected to office for the first time. Gun safety was on the ballot in November 2018—and Americans voted dozens of legislators beholden to the gun lobby out of office.
But one year after Parkland, Congress has yet to pass commonsense gun safety reform, and GOP lawmakers continue to dismiss Americans who’ve lost their loved ones to gun violence.
Manny Oliver, whose son Joaquin died in the Parkland massacre, recently told me that this shouldn’t be a partisan issue, because “when a gunman opens fire, he will not stop to ask which party you represent.”
Earlier this week, Manny joined Congressman Ted Deutch and I as we turned up the volume in our fight for gun safety with the Keep Americans Safe Act. Our legislation would ban the sale of high capacity magazines that allow a shooter to fire 30, 60, or even 90 rounds without having to stop and reload.
High capacity magazines are not for hunting or self-defense. Their sole purpose is to maximize casualties— which is why our bill limits these firearm accessories to no more than 10 rounds.
We know that limits on magazine size can save lives. When the shooter in Tucson paused to reload, bystanders were able to subdue him. When the attacker in Newtown had to change his magazine, several children were able to escape.
One year after Parkland, thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s only a matter of time before the next mass shooting happens. Time is ticking, but the Republicans are sitting on their hands.
Banning large capacity ammunition is the least we can do to save lives. Become a citizen cosponsor of the Keep Americans Safe Act today, and together let’s honor the memories of those lost in Parkland with action.
Senator Bob Menendez