SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement following the mass shooting event in Las Vegas, Nevada:
“Once again, our nation has been plunged to the darkest depths of sorrow and suffering by a fellow American committing a horrific act of unspeakable evil with military-style assault weapons.
“Words cannot adequately describe the anguish we feel for the victims and their families.
“This time we owe those affected not just prayers, but action.
“It is unconscionable that Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered by guns than people in other developed nations. It's also no coincidence: we are awash in firearms and ammunition.
“Mass shootings have become regular occurrences and yet, nationally, after every tragedy, we remain paralyzed by inaction.
“We are a nation of laws that makes it far too easy for any individual to acquire weapons designed for hostile battlefields. Those weapons of mass death have turned our great nation into a shooting gallery and Congress must act to stop it.
“California has learned its lesson and taken steps to ban military-grade weapons and large-capacity magazines. I hope that Congress will consider the casualties of its cozy relationship with the gun lobby and finally find the courage and independence to stand up to them.
“Today, I for one refuse to simply offer words of condolence to the victims. Empty platitudes did nothing to prevent last night’s horrific shooting and, more importantly, it will do nothing to protect us from the next one.