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Town Hall for Our Lives

Town Hall for Our Lives

Answering the call by the Parkland students following the March for Our Lives, Cypress Bay High School students organized a Town Hall for Our Lives 20 miles from Parkland, in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz hosted the event which featured a panel of students, victims of gun violence, and public officials.

Cypress Bay High School student organizers of the “Town Hall for Our Lives” near Parkland, Florida on April 7, 2018.
Nicole Straight, Valentina Villarroel, Jason Tache, and Sofia Serna. Photo taken by the founder of Action for Gun Safety.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz praises the students leading the way on gun safety.  She also shares her gun safety positions, including her introduction of the Ammunition Background Check Act, and discusses recent legislative progress.

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We can't get distracted...

“…I’m glad that progress was made, but we have to continue to listen to these students who have repeatedly said that we can’t get distracted by these other proposals and not deal with the main cause of gun violence, and that is that is far too much access to weapons, ammunition, and we let too many people who shouldn’t be able to get a gun, get them with no questions asked.”

Position highlights...

“I want to make it very clear where I stand…

I have always and will always support making sure that we have laws in place that can ensure that people who shouldn’t be able to get access to a gun can not.

I believe we should close all the background check loopholes, of which there are many. That’s why I’ve introduced the Ammunition Background Check Act…

…making sure that we close an absurd and gaping loophole – like that no one checks whether a criminal is trying to buy ammunition is beyond my comprehension.  So I introduced legislation that will close that absurd loophole, and make sure we have those instant background checks done on ammunition purchases, just like they should be done on weapons.

I agree with the #NeverAgain movement students that we should ban high-capacity magazines…

We need gun violence restraining orders to make sure that when there are signs that someone is a danger to themselves or others, that law enforcement is able to step in and remove their weapons to put an end to that danger until it passes.

I believe that putting guns in the hands of teachers – putting guns in schools as a solution to gun violence is absolutely unacceptable…

Putting more guns in schools makes school more dangerous, not safer…”

Progress highlights...

“I want to give credit where credit is due – there has been some progress thanks to the relentless pressure that these kids have put all across the country, Congress, in our Omnibus Spending Bill… that congress passed last month, there were two positive steps taken in that bill related to this issue.

One, is that while the law wasn’t changed, guidance was given to the Centers for Disease Control that they are allowed to do research on gun violence…  

The agency is still prohibited, unlike any other public health issue that they research, from making a recommendation based on that research, to limit guns…

It also included provisions that would make it more likely that the NICS system – the National Instant Background Check System – that states are referring people who shouldn’t be able to purchase a weapon into the system so that they come up in a background check in the purchases where they are done.”

Town Hall for Our Lives in Pembroke Pines, Florida on April 7, 2018. Photo taken by the founder of Action for Gun Safety.

Naveen Farook

At the Town Hall for Our Lives, Pembroke Pines Charter High School student leader, Naveen Farook, represents the local student leaders that U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz has brought together to form a Student Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the wake of the Parkland tragedy.

Naveen stresses that, “we cannot stop here.”

Follow Naveen and her fellow students in action at MarchOnMovement.org

Some of the students and advocates organizing local gun safety efforts gather at the “Town Hall for Our Lives” near Parkland, Florida on April 7, 2018. Photo taken by the founder of Action for Gun Safety.

Cypress Bay High School Students

The Cypress Bay High School students staffing the voter registration table at the Town Hall for Our Lives are incredibly inspiring – Jason Tache, Sofia Serna, Valentina Villarroel, and Nicole Straight.

The video shows how highly motivated and committed they are to making the difference they want to see in the world.

These students live minutes from Parkland, and have friends that attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the shooting occurred less than two months before, so this is very personal and important to them.

From their perspective, the impact student actions have had in the wake of the Parkland tragedy shows what they are capable of, and gives them confidence in what they can accomplish.

Cypress Bay High School Students staffing the voter registration table at the Town Hall for Our Lives in Pembroke Pines, Florida on April 7, 2018. Photo taken by the founder of Action for Gun Safety.