Brooklyn rep Maloney proposes new gun safety bills ahead of Parkland anniversary


US Rep. Carolyn Maloney on Wednesday introduced a legislative package to improve gun safety standards to mark Sunday’s third anniversary of the shooting at Parkland, Florida’s Marjorie Stoneham Douglas High School.

On Feb. 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, then 19, killed 17 students and teachers and non-fatally injured 17 others at the school.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough. In fact, they are meaningless if not backed up by doing the work to affect real change,” said Maloney in a Feb. 10 Zoom press conference announcing the legislation. “In 2020, we lost more than 40,000 Americans to gun violence. In 2021, we’ve already seen more than 4,000 gun violence deaths, and it’s only February 10.”