Maloney statement on Lafayette movie theater shooting: this has got to stop

Jul 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in reaction to the Thursday movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana:

“Two are dead and nine are wounded after a gunman opened fire on a crowded movie theater. The hearts of all Americans break with the news of each tragedy, and today is no different. I pray for the speedy recovery of those who were wounded and peace for the loved ones of those who died.

“There are too many families who again today will struggle to comprehend how such horrors could have happened. They join the many thousands who suffer silently as Congress does nothing to stop the swelling of their ranks. They’ll listen to the politicians preach of the heroism of those who risked their own lives to save others, but they won’t see similar courage from enough leaders in Washington or in the State Houses.

“Early reports are that the shooter in Lafayette had a criminal background. As with all shootings, we should immediately investigate how he obtained a weapon in the first place, and work to make sure others with criminal backgrounds cannot do the same. In all likelihood, however, these shots that were fired will again fall on deaf ears in the Capitol. Shame on this Congress for continuing to sit still as our people are maimed and killed in the streets, churches, military bases and movie theaters. This has got to stop.”