Schumer Statement On Anniversary Of El Paso Shooting

August 3, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer issued the following statement on the one year anniversary of the El Paso shooting:  

“One year ago in El Paso, our nation endured a horrific, hate-fueled tragedy which became the deadliest attack against the Latino-American community in recent U.S. history. Today, we remember and honor the 23 lost souls, 22 people wounded, and all those affected. We must all remain committed to taking action against gun violence and bigotry. 

“Ending the gun violence epidemic starts with meaningful and commonsense reforms. It’s past time for Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a Senate vote on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, legislation passed by the House more than a year ago that could save lives and prevent future heartless attacks like the one in El Paso. We cannot wait until the next mass shooting to act, the time is now.

“El Pasoans continue to be an example of hope and resilience for our nation. We look at the vibrant border city of El Paso and all of the thriving immigrant families across the country as a reminder that diversity is America’s greatest strength. While this administration deliberately demonizes immigrants and refuses to close dangerous loopholes in our nation’s gun laws, Senate Democrats will be vociferous and continue to act with urgency to keep all our communities safe.”