FDP Mourns With Parkland on Second Anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Two years after an active shooter murdered 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Florida Democratic Party remembers and mourns with the families who lost their loved ones and the countless young people that have experienced semi-automatic gun attacks at their schools.

Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, released the following statement: 

On February 14, 2018, students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School started their day as they did countless days before, but because of the actions of one person, 17 people would never come home again. Our heart aches for all those hurt or murdered that day.

Sadly in our state, someone can purchase a semi-automatic gun, find a crowded place, and become a walking weapon of mass destruction. The Florida Democratic Party commends the student founders of March For Our Lives, and we thank you for your work to make Florida and America a safer place.

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Florida Democrats believe in effective and efficient government that prioritizes quality education, affordable health care, and an economy in which anyone who works hard can succeed.

Most importantly, we believe that we are stronger together. We believe the fundamental American promise — that you can go as far as your own hard work will take you — should shine brightest in Florida.

That is why we champion the middle class and cherish the principle that all Floridians should have the opportunity to work hard and succeed. That is why we will never stop fighting for better public schools, because education is the surest path to a better life for millions.

From standing for affordable health care and better schools to fighting for civil rights and access to the ballot box, Florida Democrats are leading every day to move our state forward.

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