Rep. Maloney Reacts to News of Death of Williamsburg Resident in Orlando Shooting

Jun 13, 2016
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Following news reports that one of the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL was Williamsburg resident Enrique Rios, 25, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), who represents Williamsburg in Congress, released the following statement:

“Among the dozens of people murdered this weekend at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL was Williamsburg resident Enrique Rios, a social worker who was just 25-years-old and training to be a nurse. Enrique was at the start of his adult life and pursuing a career of helping others and I know his loss will be felt deeply by his family, friends and community. My thoughts and prayers are with Enrique’s family, and will with all of those who were touched by this weekend’s terrorist attack.

“The Republican majority’s apparent blindness to, and inaction on, gun violence is an abomination. There are common-sense, highly effective steps our country can take right now to stem the flood of gun violence and we have an obligation to Enrique’s family, and the tens of thousands of families across the country who lose a loved one to gun violence every year, to take action. Congress must reinstate the assault weapon ban and the prohibition on massacre magazines. Military-assault weapons do not belong on our streets, let in along in night clubs. We should prevent people on the FBI’s terrorism watch list from buying guns. If you can’t fly on a plane, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun. Smart, common sense gun reforms like the assault weapon ban, closing the gun show loophole and preventing gun trafficking do not infringe on individuals’ Second Amendment rights. Assault weapons are not used for hunting animals, they are used to kill people – they are a military grade weapon meant for combat and do not belong in the hands of everyday citizens.

“I’m proud that New York has led the nation when it comes to taking on the issue of gun safety and I’m prouder still that New York Pride will continue as planned. As I laid a wreath today at the Stonewall Inn to pay respects to the lives so brutally taken too soon and send well wishes for recovery to those injured, I was reminded of the courage it took for people to stand up against bigotry and fight for LGBT equality. Members of Congress need that same courage today to stand up to the NRA and fight for gun safety.”

In addition to being an original cosponsor of the bills to ban assault weapons (H.R. 4269) and prohibit people on the terrorist watch list from buying a gun (H.R. 1076), Rep. Maloney has introduced five bills to reduce gun violence:

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

The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act would boost penalties for straw purchasers and give prosecutors tools to go after trafficking rings that bring illegal guns to our cities. H.R. 2612 would provide funding to research gun violence as a public health issue. The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act would subject all gun sales at gun shows to background checks. The Firearm Risk Protection Act would require liability insurance coverage for gun owners. The Handgun Trigger Safety Act would improve gun safety by ensuring that only authorized users would be able to operate handguns utilizing personalization (or “smart gun”) technology.