Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
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Dear Colleague,

I write to you on Gun Violence Awareness Day to draw your attention to a recent article regarding my visit to U B Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School for the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL., and my discussions with third grader students about their ideas on gun
safety legislation.


As you know, it is important to engage with our constituents who are directly affected by the choices we make.  It is especially so in this case, since these constituents cannot vote themselves.  At bare minimum, we owe them our time to listen to their fears
and hopes.

Among the ideas these nine- and ten-year-olds presented to me were greater restrictions on assault-style weapons, increased background checks, and increasing the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21.

Other students’ messages were more heartbreaking. Brylie Davis said, “Please help us.  It’s for our safety and our lives, we want to live and we need your help.”  I hate the fact that our children are concerned about their safety while at school. It is time
for Congress to act and actually do something.

I encourage you to reach out to local schools in your districts and set-up listening sessions with children like the ones I met with.  I also encourage you to highlight to parents groups in your district dedicated to supporting legislators who are publicly
pushing for safety in our schools.


With warm personal regards, I remain,




Alcee L. Hastings

Member of Congress

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