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I write this through waves of tears.

Florida is my home, Floridians are my people. This morning, my heart is again burning with pain and anger over a mass shooting that has devastated families and an entire community in my state. This time, it was at a high school. A high school. As a mother, the assault on the sanctity of school safety shakes me to my core.

An armed 19-year-old former student went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School yesterday afternoon and shot to death 17 people, wounding 14 more, five of them critically. His weapon? An AR-15. 

Every fiber of my being is screaming that no civilian should have access to military-style assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition!

Help me tell Congress that it must act to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition now!

The AR-15, a military-style assault rifle, was used in the Newtown, Orlando, and Las Vegas shootings, to name just a few. It is the weapon of choice for mass murderers and has no business being for sale in America. Right now, there is legislation ready to be passed in Congress that would get military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition off our streets. No matter what the Parkland shooter’s affiliations, hatreds, mental health, or background, his access to a weapon that was designed to kill large numbers of people quickly was why 31 people were slaughtered or maimed yesterday.

We must work to stop this from ever happening again!

Join me in speaking out. Tell Congress to: “Protect our families and our communities. Ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition!"

Change must occur -- it MUST occur -- before another community suffers the grief of gun violence. Congress has the power to take action to reduce gun violence and they still haven’t. Congress's cowardly inaction is intolerable. Enough is enough.

It’s ok to cry. It’s ok to feel scared. And it’s ok to be angry. But join me in turning those feelings into action by reaching out to our elected leaders today and telling them no more military-style assault weapon with high-capacity magazine sales in the U.S.!

**Stand up for the victims of gun violence in Parkland and everywhere and tell Congress to take action NOW! 

We are battling against the powerful NRA and are going to need as many voices as possible to let Congress know that we will not accept this type of tragedy anymore! Not a single mother or father should have to hear that their child was killed in a mass shooting. After you take action please post our action link to Facebook and Twitter and encourage your friends and family to take action (you can also forward them this email!). We will only end gun violence if we stand up together.

Last night, I hugged my daughter a little tighter and made sure my loved ones knew how much I care for them. Today, I will once again join people from around the country in standing up against gun violence. Let's try to make this the last!

We can stop these tragedies by raising our voices together!

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