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Capps Introduces House Resolution on IV Tragedy
updated: May 30, 2014, 3:14 PM

Source: Press Secretary For Lois Capps

Washington - Today, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) introduced a bipartisan resolution memorializing the victims and condemning the violence that took place in Isla Vista on Friday, May 23, 2014. The resolution offers condolences to the Isla Vista and University of California Santa Barbara communities, mourns the victims, and offers support to their families. It acknowledges the brave action of law enforcement officials and other first responders, while deploring mass shootings and gun violence.

The resolution calls for the House of Representatives to remain committed to working to help prevent similar tragedies. It also encourages a productive and thoughtful dialogue on all aspects of the senseless tragedy, including the Nation's mental health care system, anger, firearms laws, and harmful attitudes towards women.

The bill has 42 bipartisan original co-sponsors, all from California.

"My heart is broken for Isla Vista," Capps said. "This resolution is symbolic of the sadness and grieving being felt not only in our community, but around the country. It is important that we remember the victims and our grieving community, while looking ahead to seeing how we can prevent this type of tragedy in the future."

The text of the resolution is below.

RESOLUTION

Condemning the senseless rampage and mass shooting that took place in Isla Vista, California, on Friday May 23, 2014.

Whereas on May 23, 2014, a rampage and mass shooting took place in Isla Vista, California, a community adjacent to the University of California at Santa Barbara;

Whereas the people of the United States mourn the 6 innocent lives lost in this senseless tragedy, George Chen, 19, Katherine Breann Cooper, 22, Cheng ‘‘James'' Yuan Hong, 20, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, 20, Weihan ‘‘David'' Wang, 20, Veronika Weiss, 19, all of whom were students at the University of California, Santa Barbara;

Whereas the people of the United States offer support to all the victims and their families, and wish the 13 injured full and speedy recoveries;

Whereas the brave response of law enforcement officials and other first responders prevented additional losses of life and further injury; and

Whereas the people of the United States call for a reduction and prevention of violent acts, deplore mass shootings and gun violence, and stand with the survivors:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved,

That the House of Representatives-

(1) condemns the senseless rampage and mass shooting that took place in Isla Vista, California, on May 23, 2014;

(2) offers condolences to the entire Isla Vista community and the University of California Santa Barbara community, as well as their families;

(3) recognizes that the healing process will be long and difficult for the Isla Vista and Santa Barbara communities;

(4) encourages a productive and thoughtful dialogue on all aspects of this senseless tragedy, including the Nation's mental health care system, anger, firearms laws, and harmful attitudes towards women;

(5) honors the selfless, dedicated service of the law enforcement officials and emergency response personnel who responded to the attack, preventing further loss of life and injury, and who continue to investigate the attack;

(6) remains committed to working to help prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

Capps Announces Legislation to Address Mental Health and Its Relationship to Gun Violence

Today, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) announced the introduction of the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act, a bill which will address mental health and its relation to gun violence. Today's bill also includes concepts from Rep. Capps' Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act (H.R. 1177), which would help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05). Capps is an original co-sponsor. The bill was announced at a Capitol Hill press conference Friday morning.

The legislation would strengthen and improve mental health services and intervention efforts, strengthen research on mental illness with respect to violence, and provide tools to study and understand the epidemic of gun violence. It also would keep guns away from those who should not have them, while ensuring a restoration process of firearm ownership rights.

The bill protects individuals by strengthening the nation’s mental health infrastructure, improving the understanding of violence, strengthening firearm prohibitions and protections for at-risk individuals, and improving and expanding the reporting of mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

“My community is devastated,” Capps said. “Like far too many others around the country, Isla Vista and UC Santa Barbara are grieving because of senseless violence. I came back to Washington this week having seen that sadness and having heard the frustration voiced by students, faculty, community members, and parents. They want Congress to enact sensible gun violence legislation and they want Congress to improve mental health systems. And they don’t want words. They want action. This bill, the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act, is a good place to start. My thanks to my colleague and friend, Mr. Thompson for introducing this legislation today. I'm proud to join him.”

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