WASHINGTON, DC — August 6, 2019 — Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement on last night’s vigil in Westchester for victims of gun violence:
“Last evening, the Westchester community came together in a beautiful showing of solidarity for the victims of this weekend’s awful gun violence. I was proud to join them and to remind the President and Moscow Mitch that we won’t stand a moment longer for their inaction. They work for the American people, not the NRA, and the American people want sensible gun control.
“The actions we need to take are obvious and have been staring the GOP in the face for years. We need expanded background checks. We need to ban assault weapons. We need to ban high capacity magazines. We need to ban armor-piercing ammunition. Video games and social media aren’t to blame for these shootings. And couching our national gun violence epidemic as a ‘mental health issue’ is just another way to avoid addressing the problem, while appeasing fanatics in the NRA.
“In order to move forward the President must also take stock in his own behavior, and how his words stoke the flames. You cannot say we need to condemn hatred and racism while simultaneously stoking hatred and racism for political gain. The American people aren’t stupid.”
A clip from Congressman Engel’s speech at the vigil can be found here. Engel is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and has a lifetime “F” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
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SOURCE: Bryant Daniels | Communications & Deputy District Director | Congressman Eliot L. Engel