Co-founder of March For Our Lives: Senate gun reform package should be start of Congressional business
David Hogg, co-founder of March For Our Lives and survivor of a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, applauds a bipartisan group of senators for their framework on a gun reform package, saying it shouldn’t be the end of Congress’s work on the issue.
“We said this time it’s different, and clearly it is,” the 22-year-old said in a statement just after the senators announced the framework on Sunday. “Thousands of Americans this weekend, including Democrats, Republicans and gun owners in 450 cities, made it clear that the Senate must put this plan to a vote. We can’t wait any longer – lives are literally at stake.”
Hogg also said he was “grateful” that the bipartisan Senate group worked to find “common ground” on the issue, saying more congressional work needed to be done to address the issue.
“We need to be clear: there is still work to be done to save more lives, including requiring background checks on every firearm purchase across the country. This bill, the first of its kind in 30 years, should be the beginning, not the end, of the work of Congress,” Hogg said. “We must build on the vital foundation it provides to go further and expand these laws until we end the epidemic of gun violence.”
Hogg added that March For Our Lives “will continue to mobilize our supporters nationwide to demand a vote on this bill and more federal laws to end gun violence.”
Over the past week, the organization has met with 70 lawmakers to demand gun reform legislation and held more than 450 rallies across the country on Saturday.
The senators’ framework includes funding for school safety resources, expanded background checks for gun buyers under 21, and incentives for states to implement “red flag” laws.
The proposed legislation comes in response to the recent spate of mass shootings in the United States, which has sparked more debate about gun control in the country.
In a statement Sunday, President Biden said he plans to sign the Senate gun reform package, adding “the sooner it gets to my desk, the sooner I can sign it, and the sooner we can use it.” these measures to save lives”.