|Washington, DC—In a disgusting display of contempt for human lives and basic decency, Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA) scoffed at the feelings of those calling for gun violence prevention legislation following Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Brat was quoted as telling Politico:
The issue transcends political pressure. At some point you have to decide as a nation what your first principles are. And the Second Amendment has been fundamental for a long time. You gotta ask yourself, is it a right or not? … Is this an important thing to ensure? … [Acting] on the basis of the Oprah Winfrey-ification of culture, of short-term feelings, that would be a very flawed model to move forward on. [Brat mimicked a violin when he said “feelings.”]
In response, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s Virginia State Director, Lori Haas, issued the following statement:
Dave Brat apparently finds the suffering of gun violence victims and survivors to be humorous. As someone who has endured the horror of her daughter being shot and injured at Virginia Tech , I can assure him it’s not. His repugnant, gleeful comments call into question whether he is actually fit to serve Virginia’s 7th District. He should issue an immediate apology to the families of San Bernardino, and to all other victims and survivors of gun violence.
It’s clear that Mr. Brat thinks guns are so great that we should live in a country that tolerates constant mass shootings to sustain his “freedom.” Someone who doesn’t believe that my children’s lives are important shouldn’t be representing anyone in Washington.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy. CSGV can be found on Facebook and Twitter.