Our hearts break for the lives lost in the senseless shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our thoughts are with the Parkland community and those families forever impacted by this unspeakable tragedy.

This shooting is further proof that semiautomatic weapons do not belong in
the hands of civilians. They are weapons of mass destruction. As Floridians we continue to grapple with the massacres at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and mass shootings at Zombicon and Club Blu.

The Florida Legislature has before it legislation to ban military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines. The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and the League of Women Voters of Florida call upon the Florida Legislature to hear and pass the ban on assault weapons — HB 219 and SB 196.