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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley: Will We Prioritize Thoughts & Prayers at the Expense of Substantive Action That Saves Lives?

Oct 4, 2017
Press Release
Quigley Delivers Floor Speech on Las Vegas Shooting, Need for Congress to Have Courage to Act

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, spoke on the House Floor about Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas and the need for Members of Congress to take courageous action to save lives. Click here to watch the video or see full remarks, as prepared for delivery, below.

“Mr. Speaker, four years ago, 26 small children and teachers were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary, and Congress lacked the courage to act.

“Two years ago, ‘The Emanuel Nine’ were murdered by a white supremacist, and Congress did nothing.

“Last year, in a hate crime against the LGBT community, 49 people were killed in the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack, and Congress didn’t pass a single bill.

“This week, at least 59 people have been killed and over 500 injured in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

“Will Congress, yet again, lack the courage to act?

“Will we prioritize thoughts and prayers at the expense of substantive action that saves lives?

“Will we hide behind the ‘it’s too early to talk about gun violence’ excuse?

“If so, when is the right time? A week from now? A month? A year? Or perhaps after the next mass shooting.

“For the over 1,500 mass shooting victims since Sandy Hook, the right time to talk about gun violence has tragically come and gone. But we can—and must—turn the page today.

“Let us not continue dishonoring their memories because of political pressure or fear to do what we know is right.”