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Capps Urges Action on House Floor
updated: May 29, 2014, 11:32 AM

Source: Press Secretary For Lois Capps
May 29, 2014 10:30am

This morning, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, in which she urged her colleagues to channel their grief toward action in response to Friday’s tragedy in Isla Vista. Seven people died, and 13 people were injured in the deadly rampage.

The text of Capps’s remarks is below.

Mr. Speaker, on Friday night, my home community was rocked by unspeakable violence, which left 6 students and their assailant dead and 13 others injured. Friday’s rampage in Isla Vista has touched each of us in a powerful way. I.V., as it is affectionately called, is a special place where people know their neighbors. Everyone is presumed to be a friend, and bikes are more common than cars. But on Friday, I.V. joined a growing list of small communities touched by unspeakable violence.

Today we continue to mourn those we lost: George Chen, Cheng “James” Yuan Hong; Weihan “David” Wang, Katherine Breann Cooper; Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez; and Veronika Weiss. We reach out to the injured who need our support as they heal. And we pray for the many others affected—including the families and friends the victims left behind. Our community grieves. And we struggle to make sense of the senseless.

For some, this sadness and grief is also a frustration—frustration that more could have and should have been done to prevent this tragedy from the start. Tucson. Carson City. Seal Beach. Atlanta. Oakland. Seattle. Aurora. Oak Creek. Minneapolis. Newtown. Washington Navy Yard. Santa Monica. Ft. Hood. How many more of these mass shootings do we need before we act?

We have all seen how a violent incident can bring public attention to the need for sensible gun safety measures. We know that we must keep these weapons out of the hands of violent individuals. But all too quickly the attention fades, the drumbeat quiets, and we are left with inaction. I sincerely hope that this time will be different.

But it won’t be unless we, as Congress, act. The American public wants universal background checks, limits on high-capacity magazines, increased school safety, and stronger gun trafficking penalties. This is the least we can do. We also need to make sure that our systems talk to each other so that no one falls through the cracks. It is clear that we need to do more to ensure that our mental health system and law enforcement can work together to identify potentially dangerous individuals. We need to ensure that parents who are concerned that their son might be a danger to himself or others have a meaningful way to seek help. And we need to ensure that we use the many new tools available, including social media, so that when threats are made on the internet they are taken seriously.

The American public’s message to Congress is clear—Not One More. Not One More life should be lost. Not One More family should have to grieve like this. Not One More community should be added to this list. Gun safety and the Second Amendment are not mutually exclusive. Law-abiding Americans have the right to own a gun, but each of us also deserves to feel safe in our homes and communities.

Over the next few weeks I will be meeting with local and national advocates on these issues and others to identify the gaps and propose ways to fix them. But no matter how many bills researched, supported, and proposed we need our House leadership to commit to us—and the American people—that we will have a vote. Bills may pass, they may fail, but the American people have a right to know where their elected representatives stand.

So I join the chorus of those who are rightly frustrated with the system and with Congress—Not One More. And I implore my colleagues to make sure that it has yet another meaning: Not One More tragedy, followed by inaction. This time can be different, and it’s up to us. I yield back.

Source: Press Secretary For Lois Capps
May 28, 2014 2:15pm

Today, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) led a moment of silence on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in memory of the six young men and women who were killed, and the 13 young men and women who were injured Friday night in Isla Vista, Calif.

Capps also made brief remarks on the House floor. See the video below.

The text of her remarks is below.

Mr. Speaker, today I rise with a heavy heart.

On Friday night, my home community was rocked by unspeakable violence, which left six students and their assailant dead and 13 others injured.

The rampage shook the communities of Isla Vista and UC Santa Barbara, Californians, and the nation.

Last night, I joined with my community at UCSB and in IV to honor those we have lost.

Together we took the first steps towards making sense of the senseless. But it will be a long journey.

We have many questions, and over the weeks and months ahead perhaps more will be posed than we can answer.

But we will work through it together.

And while we all struggle to make sense of this tragedy, I want to thank you, my colleagues, and communities across the nation, for your prayers, kind words, and support.

This act was fueled by hate.

But in the wake of this tragedy we as a nation have shown that in a dark time, we do not walk alone. We do not grieve alone. And we will not have to heal alone.

So today we remember the victims: George Chen, Cheng “James” Yuan Hong; Weihan “David” Wang, Katherine Breann Cooper; Christopher Ross Michaels- Martinez; and Veronika Weiss.

We send our deepest sympathies to their families and friends. We lend support to the injured. And we pledge to stand with the Santa Barbara community— and all those touched by violence—to do all we can to prevent this sort of tragedy in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I would now ask that the House observe a moment of silence for the victims, their families, friends, the UCSB community, and all who mourn in the wake of this senseless tragedy.

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