Letter to Ira from Parkland survivor

Letter to Ira from Parkland survivor

Dear Senator Silverstein,

I am a survivor. I am one of nearly 3300 survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, FL. Seventeen of my classmates and teachers did not survive and I will not stand idly by and allow another school shooting occur without trying to help with all my heart, mind, and strength.  I have family in Illinois and I want to make a difference on a national scale, not just in my state. I never want my cousins to experience what I went through at the hands of a deranged killer. Unfortunately, the media has a tendency to back away from certain stories and move onto the next one. We cannot and will not let that happen. Often times, especially recently, we are told that we are young and naive and simply do not understand how the world works, but in actuality, we are strong, we are passionate, and we refuse to allow another horrific mass shooting to occur again. We will be the last, but this is a matter of keeping it relevant. It is imperative that we become more vocal and involved in our politics which directly affect our lives. As I read it, proposed Senate Bill 3297 <http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=91&GA=100&DocTypeId=SB&DocNum=3297&GAID=14&LegID=111140&SpecSess=&Session> will modify the current gun control laws, which would make it illegal to deliver, loan, rent, or sell semi-automatic weapons and modifiers in the state of Illinois. Although this bill will not eradicate gun violence, it will halt the transfer of assault weapons and their attachments, .50 caliber rifles, and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. Let it be made known that we do not wish to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of American citizens; however we believe there is absolutely no reason to allow these weapons of war to terrorize us any longer. Illinois allows the concealed carry of guns and supports the right of citizens to protect themselves, but no one needs an AR-15, the gun that has been involved in twelve previous mass shootings and now my very own school’s shooting, to protect themselves. These assault weapons are purely designed for destruction and the distribution of said weapons must be stopped. I was wondering if you could explain your Senate Bill 3297 in layman’s terms and explain how I can assist with getting that bill passed because from what I understand it is a step in the right direct direction.

Sincerely,

Catherine Allen