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Letter: Law might have saved Florida shooting victims

Law might have saved Florida shooting victims

Once again, a community has been devastated by the tragedy of gun violence. My heart aches for the families in Parkland, Fla. This school shooting – the worst since Sandy Hook – is a stark reminder that our children will not be safe until lawmakers do something.

There is a “red flag” law in some states that could have prevented this terrible shooting. Unfortunately, Florida doesn’t have this common-sense law, which empowers immediate family and law enforcement to seek a court order temporarily restricting people’s access to guns when they pose a danger to themselves or others. Like many other shooters, the gunman in Parkland showed dangerous warning signs. He was known to have firearms, and his mother had contacted the police regarding his behavior many times. If this law – an Extreme Risk Protection Order law – was in place, it could have saved those high school students.

Even here in New York, with our strong gun laws, we do not yet have an Extreme Risk Protection Order law. However, our State Senate and Assembly are getting ready to vote on one soon. Please call your state representatives and tell them to support this important legislation. Help keep our children safe from gun violence.

Meghan Connors

Volunteer, Moms Demand Action

for Gun Sense in America, Buffalo

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