It is beyond me to discuss the deep, shattering tragedy of this weekend's attack in Orlando. I just don't have the words, and others are far more qualified than I to try to articulate an appropriate response. What I do know is this:
When it comes to gun violence, prayers are not enough. We need action.
Mass shootings are complex, multifaceted events with numerous causes. But it's not necessary to solve every layer of this problem before we solve the lowest-hanging fruit. There are common-sense bills in the General Assembly that can make a concrete difference in reducing the risk of gun violence. So let's pass them. No more excuses.
I introduced legislation to ban high-capacity magazines, which would make it harder for mass murderers to obtain their accessory of choice.
We also have legislation to limit guns in schools, where they simply don't belong.
Finally, we have legislation to protect the victims of domestic violence by keeping guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers.
Two years ago, the satirical newspaper The Onion published an article after a mass shooting titled, 'No Way to Prevent This,' Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens. I can't think of a more tragic way of putting it. And it gets more painful each time our political leaders fail to take any steps to stop the next tragedy.
I can't take it anymore. None of us should. It's time to stand up. Join me in calling on our General Assembly to back up our prayers with real, concrete action.
Because if not now, when?