Standing with Students for #NationalWalkoutDay

A month ago today, Americans watched in horror as another deadly school shooting unfolded before us, this time, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people lost their life that day, the majority of whom were high school students.

Once again, the Republicans are full of thoughts and prayers, but don’t have anything to say when it comes to real reform. Thankfully, the students at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have other ideas. They are turning their grief into anger and their anger into a cause.

Today, I joined many of my constituents and participated in National Walkout Day in support of gun control reform. It was heartening to connect with so many young people from Maryland’s Third District. Their voices were loud and clear: they want reform, NOW.

Something is shifting. Americans -- led by our youth -- are calling out politicians that are bankrolled by the NRA and the Gun Lobby. It will be a tough fight. Money has a lot of sway in Washington. That’s why I’m leading the effort in Congress to reform our campaign finance system so that lawmakers answer to you and not to special interests like the NRA.

Seven in ten voters agree that we need common-sense gun reform. The majority of Americans support implementing background checks and federal gun tracking databases. All of the young people I spoke to today felt the same way, but the NRA’s influence in Congress is so powerful that Republicans can’t hear the voices of the American public pleading with them for common sense gun reform.

Enough is enough. I’m listening to my constituents, and I’m making gun safety a key issue in my campaign. Join in my fight against the Gun Lobby.