NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statements in remembrance of the one-year mark of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on February, 14, 2018, that killed 17 and wounded 17 others.
STATEMENT FROM FRED GUTTENBERG, WHOSE 14-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, JAIME, WAS KILLED AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL. FRED IS THE FOUNDER OF ORANGE RIBBONS FOR JAIME AND A MEMBER OF THE EVERYTOWN SURVIVOR NETWORK:
“My daughter Jaime will forever be 14 years old. Last Valentine’s Day, she was shot and killed while going to school. Like too many other families, I dream of all the future moments I’ll miss: teaching Jaime how to drive, starting her first job, or teasing her about her first boyfriend. We should all be able to send our kids and loved ones off to school knowing they’ll come home at night. Together, we must commit to ending gun violence so that no other family has to live through this experience.”
STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“The parents, classmates and teachers who survived the Parkland shooting have taught us a powerful lesson: One of the best ways to cope with wounds that will never fully heal is working to spare others from tragedy. These remarkable survivors have inspired millions to join the growing movement to create a safer future for all Americans.”
STATEMENT FROM SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“This Valentine’s Day, my heart goes out to the Parkland community and all those whose lives were forever changed one year ago. Following the shooting, the Parkland survivors stood up, spoke out and demanded action to stop senseless, preventable shooting tragedies. Their selflessness in the wake of tragedy inspired millions to act. A year later, we remember those whose lives were stolen that day, and we commit to continuing to act in their honor. We remain heartbroken by what brought these families to this movement, and yet we are so grateful for their leadership.”
Last week, Everytown released a wrap up of accomplishments in the gun violence prevention movement since the mass shooting in Parkland that honor the lives cut short or changed forever by gun violence.