Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced that he will be sharing on social media letters he received from San Diegans, many of them from students, pleading for Congress to address our country’s gun epidemic after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people.
Peters is a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and has been a consistent, vocal advocate for Congressional action to address gun violence. Since first coming to Congress in 2013, just weeks after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Peters has cosponsored many pieces of legislation aimed at reducing gun violence. These bills include critical reforms to our background check laws, a ban on the sale of high capacity magazines, and a ban on the sale of assault-style weapons.
Peters also brought transparency and heightened awareness to the Democratic anti-gun violence sit-in 2016 via Periscope when Republican Leadership refused to allow the public to witness the Democrat protest of the GOP’s refusal to act to protect our families.
“Since the Parkland tragedy last week, I’ve received more than 650 letters from San Diegans – many of them students – who are hurt, scared, and angry that their national leaders refuse to act to protect them from being mowed down by gunfire in a public place,” said Rep. Peters. “It’s horrifying, maddening, and unbelievable that my Republican colleagues won’t even allow a vote on something as simple as universal background checks. It’s well past the time for Congress to act. I urge San Diegans and all Americans across the country to never be scared into silence and never accept these heartbreaks as the new norm. I stand strong by my commitment to fight for commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence. I hope these letters can persuade my Republican colleagues to do something to protect our children, families, and fellow Americans.”