O'Halleran Mourns Florida Shooting Deaths, Calls for Strong Action
February 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) shared his grief for the victims of the tragedy that unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL earlier this week. In a statement, O'Halleran, a former law enforcement officer, called on Congress to take action to end the fear and terror gripping families across the country and prevent deadly weapons from reaching those who wish to do us harm.
"As a police officer and homicide detective, I saw the horrifying effects of gun violence in our country. I have stood in puddles of blood looking at the lifeless bodies of children, senior citizens, and entire families whose lives had been cut short, and I have had to tell too many parents that their children were killed in a senseless tragedy. These are images and moments that I can never forget.
"This week's tragedy in Florida is heartwrenching, and I am mourning the loss of young lives and the brave faculty members who sacrificed themselves to save their students.
"In America today, thousands of schoolchildren witness these acts of terror every year, and they will carry the scars of these tragedies for a lifetime. This problem is only getting worse. Parents should be able to send their children to school, church, concerts, movies, or even out their front doors without fearing they will be a victim of gun violence.
"Congress must immediately begin to have a serious discussion about the violence plaguing communities across America, and we must take action to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those who will try to do us harm. We can, and must, work to close the gaps in our mental health treatment system, allow the CDC to do necessary research, invest in community-based violence prevention programs, and bolster law enforcement by strengthening our background check system and providing the necessary resources to address school security."