Esty Statement on Capital Gazette Shooting in Annapolis
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement following the shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland:
“The news out of Annapolis is heartbreaking and horrifying. It is incredibly distressing that, yet again, senseless gun violence has claimed more innocent American lives. More families who will be grieving the loss of a loved one who will not be returning home tonight. While there is still much we do not know about what happened today in Annapolis and why, what we do know is this: these shootings must stop.
“The reporters at the Capital Gazette and their families deserve our compassion, but also deserve Congressional action to reduce gun violence.
“If it turns out that the shooter chose his victims because they were reporters, that would raise additional concerns. Make no mistake - an attack on our free press is an attack on our democracy. Harmful rhetoric that encourages violence against reporters, like those at the Capital Gazette and at papers across the country, must be condemned swiftly and harshly. Journalists should not have to worry about being shot in their newsroom any more than children should have to worry about being shot in their classroom. All lives are precious. The madness must stop."