I just wanna take a second first to thank you for having me, Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Secretary. I was on the second floor in that building, texting my mom, texting my dad, texting three of my brothers that I was never going to see them again. No brothers, or sisters, or family members, or anyone should ever have to share those texts with anyone.
And that's why I'm here. I don't understand, I turned 18 the day after, and I don't understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war, an AR. I was reading, today, that a person, 20 years old, walked into a store and bought an AR-15 in five minutes with an expired ID.
How is it that easy to buy this type of weapon? How do we not stop this after Columbine, after Sandy Hook? I'm sitting here with a mother that lost her son, it's still happening. In Australia, there was a shooting at a school, in 1999. After that, they took a lot of ideas, they put legislation together, and they stopped it.
Can anyone here guess how many shootings there have been in the schools since then in Australia?
Zero, let's never let this happen again. Please, please.