Stand With Parkland Issues Statement on Recent Mass Shootings

PARKLAND, Fla — Today Stand with Parkland – The National Association of Families for Safe Schools stands with the people of El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, Gilroy, Cal. and all Americans crestfallen by the latest mass shootings and determined to prevent the next one.

“All Americans need to put aside our differences and come together to help solve this complex problem. We need action, not just talk, and we need it quickly,” said Stand with Parkland President Tony Montalto, whose 14-year-old daughter Gina was among 17 people murdered in the Parkland, Fla. shooting last year.

Stand with Parkland, founded by family members whose loved ones were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, advocates for practical public safety reforms that Americans and political leaders of diverse viewpoints can unite behind.

“We appreciate President Donald Trump’s call for bipartisan cooperation and swift action to help avert the next mass shooting like the one that haunts our families every day,” said Montalto.

Stand with Parkland urges Congress to swiftly enact stronger background checks for firearms purchases and “red flag” laws that enable law enforcement and families to work together to temporarily restrict access to firearms by individuals deemed to be at serious risk of harming themselves and others.