Today, Stand with Parkland - The National Association of Families for Safe Schools is calling on Florida gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum to state publicly their support for the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” landmark legislation signed into law that protects the lives of students and staff members in Florida’s schools. Following is an official statement from the families of the 17 victims in the Parkland shooting.

“In the aftermath of the massacre that left 14 innocent students and 3 brave staff members dead, and 17 other students wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Florida legislature came together to pass landmark legislation in SB 7026. Governor Scott signed the bill into law as the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act” on March 9th.

“The “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act” law is an important first step toward protecting the lives of students and staff members alike by addressing school safety using a holistic approach that covers campus physical security, instituting better mental health programs, and implementing changes to the state’s firearms laws. Most importantly, the new law was crafted with bipartisan support.

“We are calling on gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum to state publicly their support for this landmark legislation and promise the voters of the State of Florida that they will vigorously defend the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act” and all its provisions.

“The lives and safety of our students and teachers should not be a partisan issue. We all need to come together to solve the problem of violence in our schools.”

Stand with Parkland is a national organization representing American families. We are committed to advocating for practical public safety reforms focused on the safety of our children and staff at school, improved mental health support, and responsible firearms ownership. Personal responsibility and a desire for change are paramount to this effort, and it is the people involved at all levels that will make these goals a reality. Violence in our schools affects everyone. It is an American epidemic, and it is time that we all come together to do something about it.

Stand With Parkland’s families are committed to firearm safety and achieving concrete results at the federal, state, and local level. More information is available at www.standwithparkland.org.