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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Esty Statement on Today's Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

October 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement in response to the mass shooting near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas:
 

“Words fail. My heart aches. 

“Another day marred by senseless violence. Another brutal addition to the Mass Shooting Club – a club no one wants to belong to. 

“We need a way forward. That way forward requires responsible gun owners to join us. My message to them is this: don’t let the big-money interests and extremists speak for you.

“If you think what happened today was acceptable; if you think hundreds of Americans gunned down at a country music festival by a single man with an arsenal in his hotel room is fine, then do nothing. 

“But, if you own guns, if you believe that the Second Amendment is important to you and to this country, and you believe that every American has a right to life and safety, I ask you to join us. Send a message that, when it comes to gun violence, there is more that unites Americans than divides us. Be part of the solution. 

“We need every American to speak up now. We need to sit around the table with those who disagree with us and stop letting politics prevent us from forging a better, safer way forward for Americans.”  
 
Esty, who represents Newtown, Connecticut, is a vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

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