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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Waters Statement on South Florida High School Shooting

February 15, 2018
Press Release

Waters Statement on South Florida High School Shooting

WASHINGTONCongresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released a statement following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida:  

“I am heartbroken to learn of yet another mass shooting, this time on the campus of a high school in Parkland, Florida, where at least 17 innocent lives were lost and 14 others were injured.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families whose lives have forever been changed by this senseless act of violence.

“While the facts are still developing, we know that a young man was able to legally purchase a deadly weapon and open fire in an environment that should have been a safe haven for children, educators, and members of the community.  We also know that this was the 18th school shooting in the United States in the first 45 days of 2018.  This is not only deeply disturbing, it’s a national disgrace. 

“As the nation mourns those who were lost and prays for those who were impacted, Members of Congress have a responsibility to resist the pressures of the gun lobby and pass the reforms that are so desperately needed to curtail gun violence and mass shootings in our country. To sit idly by and do nothing is a shameful dereliction of our responsibility to our children, our communities, and our nation.”