• April 17th, 2024
  • Wednesday, 05:55:04 AM

We Do Not Need To Live Like This 


Photo: Office Rep. Crow U.S. Rep. Jason Crow voted last week to pass two common sense gun violence prevention measures to require background checks on all gun sales and close the Charleston Loophole.

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow

 

Once again, I woke up this morning and prepared for that uniquely American ritual: talking to my kids about another mass shooting [King Soopers in Boulder, CO].  I’m a father, but I also represent a community that has experienced too much of this violence. Aurora, Columbine, STEM School.

They are not just names of places to me. They represent the faces of the victims, survivors, and families that I now represent in Congress. They are communities that still bear the visible and invisible scars of América’s failure to respond.

Students, teachers, and parents tell me that they are scared and tired thinking about when and where the next one will be. The threat of gun violence now permeates our everyday lives. We do not need to live like this.

My heart is heavy and the anguish of our community is deep. But it’s more painful because it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a path open to us that could transform our communities into a safer place for our children. We know what we need to do.

The community will always have my thoughts and prayers. But I’m a lawmaker, and my job is to help make laws and policies that will stop this crisis. That’s what my community deserves, and that’s what I will do. It’s long past time for gun safety laws that will help end this madness.

 

I’m a lawmaker, and my job is to help make laws and policies that will stop this crisis. That’s what my community deserves, and that’s what I will do. It’s long past time for gun safety laws that will help end this madness.

Congressman Jason Crow represents Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District.

 

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