WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- On the one-year anniversary of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, the families and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community are honoring the 17 lives lost. Washington Correspondent Alana Austin reports on how the community is moving forward and vowing, never again.
While other mass school shootings came before, this one sparked a national movement of young activists calling for more action.
“Stopping gun violence is not a partisan issue. We can’t let it become one. It is too important to become one,” said
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), who represents the Parkland community.
Debbi Hixon understands that all to well: her husband died last Valentine’s Day in the Parkland school shooting. Chris – then the athletic director – remembered as a hero for going after the gunman.
“We’re doing it day by day...I like to believe that Chris’ death isn’t going to go for nothing,” said Debbi Hixon.
Hixon and other grieving families gather on Capitol Hill, pushing this year for a stronger national gun background check system.
“We can do something to make a change so that other people don’t die the way he died,” said Hixon.
Florida GOP Senator Rick Scott – who was Governor of the state in the wake of the massacre – says he’s proud of bipartisan steps taken at the state level to pass a school safety bill.
“The same thing ought to happen up here. People need to sit down, come together and figure out what is good for our country,” said Scott.
Florida put in place gun restrictions on people deemed a threat to themselves or others, raised the age limit to buy firearms to 21, and approved more training and mental health resources. Still, much of the discussion centers on whether to ban semi-automatic rifles, something unresolved by members of Congress.
One idea that may have some common ground, setting a national safety standard for all schools in America. That’s something Debbi Hixon tells me she’s going to fight for on Capitol Hill.