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This is an epidemic

This was hard to write. It makes me sick to my stomach.

Once again, this week, another community is forced to bury children who have died from senseless gun violence. This time it was in Texas.

Enough is enough.

The Senate must vote on commonsense gun legislation immediately.

This is beyond not normal. The next thing I'm going to say is very difficult, and very real.

We are forcing parents to drop off their children at school each morning, wondering if their community could be next. We are forcing our nation's future to sit through active shooter drills instead of playing and learning. So let me repeat: this is not normal.

Mass shooting after mass shooting, Senate Republicans offer empty thoughts and prayers for dead children while they continue to cash their checks from the NRA, profiting off of inaction.

And the result is utter devastation, family after family destroyed.

Thoughts and prayers cannot save the next classroom, the next teacher, the next lives shattered in a flurry of automatic gunfire.

Our democracy, however, can take a big step to finally say: no more.

I'll be working as hard as I can to ensure commonsense gun safety legislation gets a vote on the floor of the Senate as soon as possible, and then every American can see which senators are prioritizing their campaign donations over the lives of children.

Ron

Posted on May 25, 2022.

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