Yet again we are horrified, angry, in mourning. The school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the 18th shooting on school grounds in the first 45 days of 2018. During that time, most districts had only 36 days of school. That ratio — a school shooting  every other day — is incomprehensible.

Except that it’s true. And now, as we bury the dead, tend to the injured and work to help our kids cope with this trauma, there will be an inevitable focus on why this happened.

But I urge you to ask a different question: how. The answer is that once again, someone got easy access to a semi-automatic rifle and high capacity magazines and committed mass murder in the place our kids are supposed to be safest.

This happens over and over again in America. And we can take steps to stop it. We can and must work on the issues of access to guns, regulation of assault weapons, storage of guns, and the elevation of a right over any regulation or responsibility.

We are committed to this work, and we are honored to be standing with you in this fight.

Thank you for helping us change the answer to how, so hopefully we can stop asking why.

Facing the truth about gun violence in PA