Good evening Twitter! I’ll be live-tweeting the highlights from the first #TownHallForOurLives, hosted by Rep. Ted Deutch. A reminder that Rep. Deutch represents Parkland, Fla., where last month’s school shooting occurred.
.@RepTedDeutch opens by expressing gratitude for “the brave families who lost loved ones at Stoneman Douglas,” and for the students,” who have not allowed this issue to fall by the wayside.” Then, a reading of names and moment of silence.
On @RepTedDeutch’s agenda for the evening: gun safety reform, yes, “but we also have to talk about school safety” and “mental health,” when he says Florida spends less on than any other state. Big cheers for “mental health.”
There are also 51 members of Congress who are holding town halls themselves this recess. And we've heard from hundreds of you in over 150 different districts working to organize a #TownHallForOurLives.
I am fortunate in that I’ve never had family members who have been victims of gun violence. But my community has many. As the former chief federal law enforcement officer in our state, as a veteran, and as a 10th generation New Mexican…
...I've witnessed gun violence in our state and community in all its gruesome horror. It has decimated communities, torn apart families, and ripped a hole through the fabric of our children’s lives. And they are never the same. We know we need to take action.
But we cannot fully address the problem if we don't first understand its full scope. Ending gun violence isn’t just about making it harder for certain people to access weapons. Gun violence has socioeconomic, racial, and gender elements that cannot be ignored.