On National School Walkout Day, Shea-Porter Demanded House Act on Gun Violence

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U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter speaking on the House floor on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) spoke on Wednesday on the House Floor to demand that House Republicans bring common-sense gun violence prevention legislation to the floor:

“I just returned from outside these doors where there are thousands of young people who are calling for action on gun safety,” said Shea-Porter. “They no longer want to live under this threat. There was one sign in particular that caught my eye. A young girl was standing there quietly with a sign that said ‘Am I next?’ They want action. They want it now. I congratulate them for their efforts. When 18-year-olds are leading the country with moral courage, I think it’s time for us to respond in kind.”

Last month, Shea-Porter blasted House Republicans on the House Floor for failing to take up legislation to stop gun violence.

Shea-Porter’s full remarks are below:

“I just returned from outside these doors where there are thousands of young people who are calling for action on gun safety. I marched out with my Democratic colleagues and really wish that my Republican friends across the aisle had joined us in this, but I will describe what I saw. I saw a lot of very very upset young people who are begging this House and the Senate to make changes to protect them. They no longer want to live under this threat. There was one sign in particular that caught my eye. A young girl was standing there quietly with a sign that said ‘Am I next?’ So Mr. Speaker, we have to ask ourselves that question. Are we next. They don’t want another moment of silence. They want action. They want it now. I congratulate them for their efforts. When 18-year-olds are leading the country with moral courage, I think it’s time for us to respond in kind.”

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