Maloney slams inadequate response to gun violence, on heels of Oregon mass shooting

Oct 2, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in response to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College:

“The shooting at Umpqua Community College is horrific. I join with those praying for the families of those who died, and for a fast recovery for those who made it out alive. But I also join with President Obama in believing that thoughts and prayers are not enough. It is reprehensible that too many lawmakers refuse to do anything about the repeated victimization of the American people as a direct result of lax gun safety laws.  

“Yesterday, ten people were murdered and seven were wounded. Yet, it is clear that no amount of murder, bloodshed, an heartbreak will compel this Congress to act on gun violence. Despite Millions of Americans demanding reform, the response from their government has been no hearings, no debates, no votes -- just deaf ears from the leaders of Congress. It’s shameful. Just hours before the shooting in Oregon, 147 House members urged Speaker Boehner to hold a vote on critical gun violence prevention legislation. I’m afraid the calculus has not changed for those beholden to gun rights extremists.

“The inaction speaks volumes, and until the American people demand change at the ballot box, we’ll continue to see our sisters and brothers gunned down senselessly in tragedy after tragedy.”

Background:

Congresswoman Maloney is a longtime gun-control advocate who is currently lead sponsor of five gun violence prevention bills in Congress:

  1. H.R. 2380: The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2015
  2. H.R. 2612: To authorize $10 million annually to fund gun violence public health research
  3. H.R. 2613: Handgun Trigger Safety Act of 2015
  4. H.R. 2546: Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2015
  5. H.R. 3455: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015

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