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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Statement on Shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Chicago

Aug 5, 2019
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement in response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois over the weekend. The shootings resulted in 22 deaths in El Paso, nine in Dayton, and seven in Chicago. The Congressman's statement is below:

“This weekend, 22 people died in El Paso, nine people died in Dayton, and, in the deadliest weekend in our city so far this year, seven people were killed in Chicago. This is not normal. Every other country in the world has mental illness. Every other country in the world has video games. But we are the only country in the world that experiences this level of gun violence. There is a clear and obvious solution to the epidemic terrorizing this country but what we lack is the moral leadership in the White House and the Senate to take decisive action.

“The President vowed this morning to act to address gun violence. Over 150 days ago, House Democrats passed legislation to strengthen background checks for gun purchases and close gun sale loopholes. If the President wants action, he should call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call the Senate back from recess, hold a vote on these measures, and send them to the President’s desk immediately.

“We must also call what happened in El Paso by its name – terrorism fueled by white nationalism. Until everyone — including Congressional Republicans and the President — call these acts by their names and recognize the role the President has played in stoking racist violence, we as a nation will not be able to do the work of fighting against these hateful acts.”