Three years ago today, the unspeakable struck the students, faculty and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the people of Parkland, Florida. The shock and pain that this mass shooting inflicted on our South Florida community has, in many ways, never faded. The stories of the 17 precious lives we lost far too soon will never be forgotten, and that loss of promise and overpowering grief will never disappear.
As we honor the anniversary of this tragedy, we must also find the strength as a nation to prevent such tragedies from ever being repeated. With President Biden in the White House, we finally have the opportunity to make real strides to end gun violence. No survivor should endure another year of inaction. The fear of mass gun violence for Americans doing the most normal of activities, as well as gun violence in too many neighborhoods across the country, must be brought to an end with congressional action.