Rush Statement on Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Aug 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement in response to the two shootings that took place over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio:

“In less than 48 hours more than 30 innocent men, women, and children were senselessly murdered, and countless others injured, because two terrorists gunned them down using weapons made for war.

“In Dayton, the shooter was equipped with an assault rifle and a 100-round magazine, and in less than 30 seconds took the life of nine people and injured 27 others.  I shudder at the thought of what might have happened if the authorities were not on sight when this terrorist opened fire.

“In El Paso, another terrorist drove over 650 miles from Allen, Texas, to open fire on families who were shopping for back-to-school supplies in one of the busiest retail centers in America.

“These acts are despicable, but what’s more disturbing is the inaction taking place in Washington in response to these atrocities, which are sadly becoming more commonplace in this country. Right here in Chicago, six people were killed and over 40 were injured by gunfire this past weekend.  

“This is not normal, and we cannot continue to accept this carnage as part of the status quo.  The American people deserve more from their elected officials or more Americans will be gunned down at concerts, churches, and even in their own classrooms.

“At this very moment there are two bills that have been passed by the House of Representatives that are currently gathering dust in the Senate.  This is simply unacceptable.  I implore our colleagues in the Senate to do the work that is required to keep the American people safe and get these important pieces of legislation on the President’s desk.  It is the very least that we can do for the victims of these horrific tragedies and for all those who face the scourge of gun violence on a daily basis.

“On behalf of myself and my constituents in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois, I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims, survivors, and communities that are still processing all that has happened in the last 48 hours.  May God give you all the strength you need to heal from this senseless violence.”