U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) today joined students at the U.S. Capitol for National School Walkout Day, exactly one month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Meng stood with the thousands of students who descended on Capitol Hill to demand passage of tougher gun safety laws.
"Today, we say enough is enough to gun violence and I am proud to stand in solidarity with America's students in the fight to prevent additional gun tragedies," said Meng. "I salute the advocacy and passion of these young men and women and I applaud each and every one of them for taking a stand and making their voices heard. No student should fear going to school and all communities deserve to feel safe. We must keep up the fight to prevent future gun violence and I will continue to do all I can to help make that happen."
Meng also applauded the courage of Queens students who participated in the walkout at schools in her Congressional district. While she was in Washington, a member of her staff took part in the walkout at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills.
Meng has been an outspoken supporter of improving gun safety laws and she has cosponsored many pieces of gun safety legislation including a ban on assault weapons, improving background checks and closing gun show loopholes. The Congresswoman also serves on the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the House of Representatives.