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Senator Powell, District 30 — Press Release


May 25, 2022

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Senator Bobby Powell Offers Condolences to Victims of Texas Shooting Tragedy

Tallahassee —

State Senator Bobby Powell (D-West Palm Beach) on Wednesday issued the following statement in response to the Texas school shooting yesterday: 

“My heart goes out to all of the parents, grandparents and families of the 19 children and two teachers killed in this brutal tragedy. As a parent of a young child, I cannot begin to imagine the heartbreaking grief these families are now called upon to endure. 

“Sadly, Floridians know too well the consequences of such shootings. Many of us still walk in the lingering shadows of Parkland, and the loss of 17 innocent souls following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Many of us still recall the shock following the massacre at the Pulse nightclub, and the toll in young lives it, too, claimed. 

“There is a growing epidemic in this country of mentally unstable individuals harboring burning grudges and grievances who execute their vengeance on the innocent among us with our help in arming them. 

“The common thread that runs through these tragedies is the easy access to weapons designed for the battlefield, not the streets of America. Assault weapons were used at Sandy Hook, and Parkland, Pulse, Las Vegas, and, most recently, in Buffalo, where Black shoppers were gunned down simply because of the color of their skin. And it was an assault weapon in the hands of an 18-year old as children were shot and killed at yesterday’s elementary school shooting in Texas. 

“Unless and until we address that root problem, the carnage will continue.   

“It is my hope that legislation which I have repeatedly sponsored to ban assault weapons in this state will one day pass the Florida Legislature. It is my hope that one day our state leaders will respond with more than just thoughts and prayers.”