March 5, 2018
Washington, DC

The recent school shooting in Parkland, FL was a tragedy. 17 students and teachers lost their lives at the hands of a mentally unstable gunman. The bravery and selflessness shown by those who sacrificed their lives to help others to safety is a humbling example of the best of American virtues.

What adds to the tragedy in Parkland was the fact that it could have been prevented. The shooter was known to local Parkland law enforcement, which responded to calls at his house more than thirty times. The Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to forward a chillingly specific tip about the shooter—one in which he self-identified as someone who intended to become “a professional school shooter.” Moreover, the Broward County sheriff’s deputy tasked with protecting the students at Parkland heard the shots but remained outside the school.

Laws and procedures that might have prevented the shooting in Parkland were not followed or enforced, and those charged to “protect and serve” failed. A thorough investigation needs to be conducted to determine what actually happened and why. All of this makes concerted efforts by liberal activists and the media to infringe upon Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens misguided.

The Supreme Court has affirmed the plain text of the Second Amendment, which states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The language of the amendment—confirmed by the Supreme Court in the seminal case of District of Columbia vs Heller—clearly indicates this is a pre-existing individual liberty, one that is referenced in the 1689 English Bill of Rights. The language “shall not be infringed” indicates recognition, not creation. In addition, every state constitution includes language similar to the Second Amendment, most of which have been upheld by state supreme courts.

Taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens to possess firearms will not prevent future tragedies like Parkland. Neither will the creation of massive databases of lawful gun owners.

Evil cannot be eliminated by regulation. However, measures can be taken to diminish the frequency and scope of mass shootings. As a Florida Teacher of the Year Kelly Guthrie Raley said recently, parents must be more involved in regulating bad behavior. Gun-free school zones should be done away with, and teachers who want to be trained to possess firearms in the classroom should be given the support to do so.

Finally, enforcing existing laws as they relate to addressing troubled individuals might have prevented the Parkland tragedy, and can likely prevent others. When law enforcement fails, as it did in Parkland, there must be accountability.

As conservatives, we affirm our commitment to the Second Amendment and oppose any legislation that would infringe upon the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families.



The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli II
Senate Conservatives Fund

Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation 

Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future 

Rick Manning 
Americans for Limited Government  

Ed Corrigan
Former Executive Director
Senate Steering Committee

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman / Law Enforcement
Legal Defense Fund 

Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council

William L. Walton
CNP Action, Inc.

Rod Vandenbos
Buzzbox Beverages, Inc. 

Lee A. Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group

Floyd Brown
Western Center for Journalism 

James L. Martin
Founder & Chairman
60 Plus Association

Martha Boneta

Sean Noble
American Encore 

William Mills

Mills Energy 

Matt Mackowiak
Executive Director
Fight for Tomorrow

Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Tim LeFever 
Capitol Resource Institute

Mark Fitzgibbons 
President of Corporate Affairs 
American Target Advertising 

C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

The Honorable Penny Pullen
Former Assistant
Republican Leader

Illinois House of Representatives (Retired)

Chad Connelly
Faith Wins 

The Honorable Michael R. Long
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party

The Honorable Mike Hill
Florida State House 
Former Member 

Joe R. Calvert
Rabon-Calvert Interest 

Melvin Adams
Former President

Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy  

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values

The Honorable Terrence M Scanlon
Retired Chairman and President 

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund 

Mario H. Lopez
Hispanic Leadership Fund

Donna Hearne
Chief Executive Officer
The Constitutional Coalition

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former White House Advisor,
President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable Colin Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

David Bozell

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Evelio Silvera
Campaign for the American Future

The Honorable Jim DeMint 
United States Senate
Former Member, South Carolina

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Weyrich Lunch 

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan 

Wesley Denton
Former Communications Director
Senator Jim DeMint (SC)

The Honorable David McIntosh
U.S. House of Representatives 
Former Member, Indiana 

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Director Office of Management & Budget 
President Ronald Reagan 1985-1988 

The Honorable Belden Bell
Co-Chair Legacy Society
The Heritage Foundation  

Sandra S. Froman
Council for National Policy 

Rachel Bovard 
Former Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee  

Richard Wright
Andrews Consulting 

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder & President 
Family Research Center 

Dr. Everett Piper
Oklahoma Wesleyan University 

Norm Singleton
Campaign for Liberty 

Michelle Easton
Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute 

Dr. Virginia Armstrong 
National Court Watch Chrm.
National Eagle Forum 

Christopher Malagisi
Editor in Chief
Conservative Book Club

Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation 

Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse 
Board Chairman
The Institute of Religion
and Democracy 

Jeremy Cerone 
EliteSafe Inc.

Judson Phillips

Tea Party Nation 

Mitchell Morgan
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Imaging

Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Causus

Ralph A. Rebandt II 
Senior Pastor / Police Chaplain 
Oakland Hills Community Church

Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith

Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship 

Tim Macy
Gun Owners of America

John F. Tate
America’s Liberty PAC 

The Honorable Mike Spence
Founding President
Conservative Republicans of California

Jerry Melvin
Former Dean 
Florida House of Representatives 

Cleta Mitchell, Esq. 

(All organizations listed for IDENTIFICATION purposes only)