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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Comments on Las Vegas Mass Shooting

October 2, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) posted the following on Facebook after a shooting in Las Vegas, Nev. left at least 58 dead and hundreds wounded:

This morning, we woke up to yet another mass shooting, this one the deadliest in modern American history. Today, hundreds of families are grieving for those killed and praying for the wounded to recovery. We join them in prayer.

But there is another tragedy in America today, one that will impact us tomorrow, next week, and that will never stop until action is taken: that tragedy is that we live in a country where the President and Congress will mourn those killed in mass shootings but do nothing to protect the American people from more of them in the future.

President Trump and the Republican Congress protect gun manufacturers and the gun lobby, but deny everyday American moms, dads, kids, and grandparents the right to live without fear of gun violence. I am the co-sponsor of numerous bills to responsibly regulate firearms. None of them will pass this Republican Congress.

The terrifying reality in America today is that there is a much higher likelihood that any one of us will be killed by gun violence than there is of Congress passing a single gun violence prevention bill. In fact, this Republican Congress is actively trying to weaken the gun safety laws we already have. With hundreds of millions of firearms and limitless ammunition, the next mass shooting could happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone of us.

I am ready to act. I am ready to vote to impose the toughest laws possible to protect the American people from this preventable madness. But this Republican Congress will instead do nothing and wait for the next tragedy to happen.