Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor following this weekend’s tragic shooting in Monterey Park, California. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Today, the thoughts of the Senate are with the people of Monterey Park, California as they heal from this weekend’s tragic and terrible shooting. What should have been a weekend of joy and celebration within the AAPI community as they celebrate the Lunar New Year turned into another occasion of grief and mourning.
I spoke yesterday with the Sherriff of Los Angeles County and assured him that the federal government is ready to provide whatever assistance they need right now.
While first responders are still investigating the causes of this incident, it’s clear that the prevalence of guns in our country has made tragedies like this one too frequent. While the Senate passed bipartisan gun safety legislation last year – and that was a very welcome move – more should be done.
My thoughts are with all the families and the loved ones of the victims of this insidious attack. I thank all the first responders and even the private citizens who responded quickly to stop the shooter and prevent even more lives from tragically being cut short.