I’ve been struggling to find the right words to say about this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.
As the details continue to emerge, they are simultaneously unimaginable and completely predictable. Once again domestic terrorists were able to easily get their hands on high capacity firearms designed for warfare. The El Paso shooter killed twenty shoppers in a few minutes before police arrived. The Dayton shooter killed nine individuals and injured twenty-six in just under a minute before he was stopped by police.
These shootings contribute to a weekend that was the bloodiest 72 hours in two years.
In Massachusetts, we have passed laws that keep assault weapons off our streets and firearms out of the hands of individuals with a known history of violence. But that is not enough, which is why today we’re back at it.
Thank you for supporting our work so that we can keep fighting for stronger gun laws.
Read our public statement on El Paso here.