FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2019
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Tragedy in Texas
Less than a month after the El Paso massacre, Texas is left reeling after another mass shooting.
Washington, DC (September 1, 2019) — A mass shooting in the cities of Midland and Odessa, Texas has left at least seven dead and 18 injured. The gunman opened fire on Saturday during a traffic stop in Midland, then drove away, shooting randomly. He then hijacked a postal truck and shot at people as he made his way into Odessa. He was killed in a shootout with police.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“We cannot accept this type of violence as normal. The very real fear of being shot in a horrific act of gun violence erodes our basic freedoms. We cannot be free if we are afraid to leave our homes and partake in basic activities like school, work, and worship. We must demand that our policymakers take action to make our communities safer and address gun violence in all its forms.
“Historic gun violence prevention legislation has been passed with bipartisan support by the House of Representatives. The American people support these policies. Now it is time for Majority Leader McConnell to bring this and other life-saving legislation up for a vote in the Senate. The time for excuses has long since passed; the time for action is now!”