FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2017
Washington, DC (June 14, 2017) — This morning, five people — including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise — were shot and injured at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. Hours later, San Francisco police were responding to reports of an active shooting at a UPS facility; several fatalities have been reported, and details are still emerging.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“Our thoughts are with those affected by today’s horrific shootings. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed, we wish the injured a quick recovery, and we thank the brave men and women of the Capitol, Alexandria, and San Francisco police forces.
“Today’s shootings remind us that the plague of gun violence is not confined to one demographic or set of Americans. It affects all of us. Whether the victim is a child walking in her neighborhood, an employee at a UPS facility, or the Majority Whip of the United States Congress, no one is immune. More than 90 individuals die from gun violence in the United States every single day.
“The tragedies that occurred today are bracketed by the anniversaries of two horrific massacres motivated by hate; on Monday, we remembered the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and on Saturday, we will remember the nine victims killed in their church in Charleston.
“Gun violence does not discriminate. It is not black or white. It is not gay or straight. It is not Republican or Democrat. We must come together to reject hate in all its forms while working to ensure that hateful, dangerous individuals do not have access to weapons of war. The easy accessibility of highly lethal weapons turns nightclubs into slaughterhouses, churches into graveyards, and baseball fields into war zones.
“For years, legislators have been resistant to commonsense regulations to keep highly lethal weapons away from dangerous individuals. Today, we invite policymakers on both sides of the aisle to reexamine their positions on this critical issue and join us in our fight to save lives. This is not a partisan issue — it is an American crisis.”