April 20, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement Commemorating 19th Anniversary of Columbine, Recognizing Student Voices in National Action

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to student actions taking place across the country commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre and the need for congressional action on common sense gun safety legislation:

“Across the country students are taking part in actions like walkouts, rallies, community service, collecting school supplies for student lives, and other peaceful forms of protest. They’re coming together to recognize the 19th anniversary of the horrific shooting at Columbine High School and standing up to demand action from this Congress to end the epidemic of mass shootings in America and save lives. I hear the voices of these students in Nevada, and across the country. Just a few weeks ago, I held a roundtable with students in Nevada to hear their concerns. One student told me that Congress’ inaction since the 1October massacre in Las Vegas made her feel like our community was forgotten.

“They’re not forgotten. Congress must listen to the voices of our students, their parents, teachers, administrators, and the millions of Americans standing up across our country. We must act on legislation to keep our schools safe, ban bump stocks, and pass common sense gun safety legislation, like background checks.”