Watch Live: Students Around The Nation Walk Out To Honor The Parkland Shooting Victims
Democrats took to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to present solidarity with the students walking out of their classrooms. In addition to reading the names of the Parkland victims, Democrats read the names of other victims of gun violence in their domestic states.
“I join with those students in remembering the fallen students and teachers of Stoneman Douglas,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor. “I join with them in remembering the appealing children who died at the elementary school in Newtown. I join with them in remembering the long line of American children who own perished in the gradual-moving tidal wave of gun violence that’s consuming our country.”
Schumer went on to press fellow senators to engage action on gun violence, noting that “when a disease plagues our people we seek a cure. … Why is that when it comes to gun violence when it causes just as many whether not more deaths we throw up our hands, we pretend there’s no solution?”
Following Schumer, Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut read the names of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Murphy then talked approximately his own young son, who has gone through school shooting trainings at school. “My 6-year-archaic shouldn’t be locked inside a bathroom, smushed together with 24 of his classmates, preparing for the day when a shooter potentially walks into his public elementary school. We own a duty to act,” he said.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, also of Connecticut, praised the students participating in the walkout for giving members of Congress “a real-life lesson” in civics, saying that while the reason for the rallies across the US is “tragic,” it is also “a proud and wonderful moment” to see children pushing for change.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts echoed that message. “Congress does not own the courage to act on gun violence,” she said. “But young people across this country are showing the way. They are speaking up and they are demanding action. I honor them and I commit to fight alongside them.”
The other Democrats who spoke and read names of children killed by guns in their own states were Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Patty Murray of Washington, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.