Maloney: “Stuff Happens” is wrong response to gun violence, Congress must act

Oct 8, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today spoke on the House Floor on the need for Congress to act on gun violence prevention proposals. She delivered the following remarks:

Mr. Speaker, last week we experienced the 45th school shooting of 2015. Nearly 10,000 people have been killed by guns this year alone. Yet, too many leaders respond with absolute indifference. They tell us ‘stuff happens’, that we should just move on.

“Are the 20 kids killed at Sandy Hook Elementary stuff happening? Are the 32 murdered at Virginia Tech just stuff happening? Are the 12 people gunned down in an Aurora Colorado movie theatre just stuff happening? What about the 9 people killed at Umpqua Community College on Friday?

“This “stuff” has real costs, to families, to friends, to our whole community, to our country. It doesn’t have to happen. Let’s make gun trafficking a federal felony and have universal background checks. Let’s end the moments of silence on the floor and have instead votes on the floor to end gun violence.”