Remembering Parkland, Biden Calls for Stronger Gun Laws

On the third anniversary of the Parkland shooting massacre that claimed the lives of fourteen students and three teachers, and wounded seventeen others, President Joe Biden used the day of mourning to call for stronger gun laws, including requiring background checks on all gun sales and banning assault weapons, reports the Associated Press. And while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis noted some of the school safety measures enacted since the tragedy three years ago, including money to install panic alert systems at schools across the state and to strengthen programs meant to prevent violence before they occur, parents remain uncertain on the best course of action to prevent future deaths from gun violence.

Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was 14 when she was killed in the shooting, feels that focusing on just the guns won’t solve the problem and that the president’s proposals won’t prevent further tragedies from happening. Critics of the governor and Republican-controlled legislature say guns are too easily accessible and say more needs to be done to keep assault-style guns away from potentially bad actors. In addition to background checks and an assault-weapons ban, Biden is calling on Congress to outlaw high-capacity magazines and make gun manufacturers liable for the role their products play in violence. Thus far, none of the deadly mass shootings of the past, from Parkland to Sandy Hook to the Pulse nightclub shooting, have produced comprehensive gun reform.

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