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Napolitano's Statement on Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

August 4, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC)  Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the mass shootings which occurred in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH:

“We are grieving with the City of El Paso, where Americans yesterday witnessed the horrific, fatal consequences of hate-fueled speech and rhetoric. We condemn this intolerable act of domestic terrorism toward Hispanic Americans, which has shattered the lives of countless families and stoked fears in Hispanic communities everywhere. White supremacy runs counter to our American ideals and values. We need to be more tolerant of one another; there is absolutely no place for hatred or bigotry in this country.

“We mourn the 20 innocent lives lost on a simple shopping trip to the El Paso Walmart and send our deepest condolences to the victims’ loved ones. Our urgent prayers for speedy recovery are with the more than two dozen wounded in the massacre, and we lift up the entire community of El Paso during this dreadful time.

“While praying for healing for El Paso, the nightmare of gun violence in America continued, as we learned of the mass shooting in Dayton’s nightlife district. We extend our sympathies and prayers of healing to all those affected in Dayton. While we do not yet know the motive, we cannot become numb to acts of gun violence or accept them as commonplace in America. Weapons of war do not belong in our communities, and it is well past time that we boldly act to prevent gun violence.

“These tragedies are traumatic for those of us far away, much less the people who experienced them first-hand, who are reeling and in pain. Counseling and supportive mental health services must be available to all now and in the days and weeks to come. 

“We are incredibly grateful to the first responders in both Texas and Ohio who put themselves in harm’s way to prevent further casualties. It was also uplifting to see the outpouring of support by El Pasoans who donated blood last night. Our hearts will continue to be with the people of El Paso and Dayton today, as they grieve and heal.”

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