Today is the 1 year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. I want to take a moment to honor the work that activists have done to try and make our nation more safe, spurred by this terrible event, and sadly, the many shootings that have happened before and after it.
In the past year, 76 gun control laws have been passed in state legislatures. Well over half of the states in the nation have added at least one new gun control law. All of this happened because people in those states were working hand-in-hand with gun control organizations and their legislators to force the changes.
There was little to no progress at the federal level, though, until the Democrats won the majority in the House. They have been holding hearings about gun control–the first such hearings in well over a decade–and today, the House Judiciary Committee approved two gun control bills that will now go to the full House for a vote. One of those bills was H.R. 8–the number 8 to honor former Rep. Gabby Giffords who was gravely injured when she was shot on the 8th of January, 2011.
I won’t go into the details of the gun control debate today. Instead, I leave you with this video, as a reminder of the impact that gun violence has and why it is so important to fight to reduce it.