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Stoneman Douglas Community Grieves For Atlanta And Boulder Victims, Renews Push For Gun Safety

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Peter Haden
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U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (pictured here in 2017) said, “we were all looking forward to the moment when our lives would return to normalcy. This is not what we meant. Mass shootings should not be normal.”

Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, and family members of victims, joined Wednesday with half a dozen members of Congress from South Florida, Georgia and Colorado to mourn the victims of the nation’s two most recent mass shootings — and renew their push for gun safety legislation.

With Americans hopeful as the nation emerges from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch said, “we were all looking forward to the moment when our lives would return to normalcy. This is not what we meant. Mass shootings should not be normal.”

Deutch represents Parkland, where 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14, 2018, Stoneman Douglas massacre. Others assembled via video conference, all of whom are Democrats, included U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath of Georgia, where eight people were killed in the March 6 Atlanta-area spa shooting spree, and U.S. Reps. Joe Neguse and Jason Crow of Colorado, where 10 people were killed at a Boulder supermarket on Monday.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.