Today I joined with my Assembly colleagues in solidarity with the National School Walkout. For 17 minutes, we solemnly remembered and honored the 17 students and educators who tragically lost their lives during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as well as the families, friends and loved ones mourning these unconscionable losses, said Assemblywoman Walker
Silence holds a power and gravity that words often fail to convey. Yet, while we are making it clear that we stand behind the students, educators, families and allies taking a stand, we must also take meaningful action. The victims deserve more than a few minutes of remembrance they deserve change.
In the Assembly, weve passed critical commonsense gun measures banning bump stocks (A.9958), keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and dangerous individuals with clear red flags (A.5025, A.8976-B) and establishing longer waiting periods to ensure thorough background checks (A.2406).
Its time the state Senate acted to pass these measures and protects New Yorkers, and its time Congress took our cue and protected all Americans, said Assemblywoman Walker. Parents shouldnt have to send their children to school worried that they wont be safe. We cant allow this to become the norm we as lawmakers cannot become numb, and our families cannot be left to live in constant fear.