Carbajal Condemns House Republicans’ Refusal to Allow Votes on Bipartisan Gun Safety Laws Four Years After IV Shooting
On the 4th anniversary of the fatal shooting in Isla Vista, California, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) led lawmakers to demand that House Leadership bring up a vote on a bipartisan package of common-sense gun safety measures, including legislation introduced by Reps. Carbajal, Mike Thompson (CA-05), Don Bacon (NE-02), and Debbie Dingell (MI-12).
Carbajal introduced the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act one year ago today, based on a California law SB 719 enacted in 2014 after the Isla Vista shooting. H.R. 2598 encourages all states to empower families and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to prevent future tragedies due to gun violence. There are now over 100 Democrats and Republicans cosponsoring this legislation in Congress.
“Four years ago, the lives of six University of California, Santa Barbara students were cut far too short in a tragedy that could have been prevented had law enforcement been given the proper tools help those that pose a risk to themselves or to our communities,” said Carbajal. “The anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista is yet another painful reminder of the stunning inaction by this Republican Leadership in Congress to address our gun violence epidemic.”
Richard Martinez, the father of an Isla Vista shooting victim said about the Gun Violence Restraining Order: "Our 20 year old son, Christopher, was shot and killed four years ago in the Isla Vista rampage. Every day more than 90 Americans are shot and killed. With each new tragedy, it becomes increasingly hard for Congress to justify their inaction and complicity in our nation's gun violence epidemic. I urge our lawmakers to act - pass this legislation so that not one more family has to live through my family's nightmare."
Since the shooting in Isla Vista, there have been 242 incidents involving guns fired on school campuses.
This Saturday, Rep. Carbajal will join a student-organized ‘Town Hall for Our Lives’ focusing on gun safety legislation reform in San Luis Obispo. The event is free to attend, but space is limited. Click here for more details and to register to attend the event.
Read the lawmakers full letter here or below:
May 23, 2018
The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Democratic Leader
H-232, United States Capitol H-204, United States Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi:
Today, we write to urge that Congress take sensible action and enact bipartisan gun safety measures that have the potential to save lives and prevent guns from falling in the wrong hands. For far too long, countless families have been tragically torn apart by the horrors of gun violence that currently plagues our country. Parents should not live in fear of sending their children to school and worrying that their loved ones may not come back. Furthermore, our nation’s police officers and law enforcement must have the necessary tools to be able to fulfill their mission and ensure public safety.
While we were grateful to see Congress assert Secretary Alex Azar’s conclusion that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been and can continue to legally pursue research related to the causes of gun violence, we believe more action is necessary. Along with funding this research, there are various bipartisan proposals that have the potential to save lives, such as:
These are common-sense solutions that have bipartisan support in Congress. We have seen too many lives lost to gun violence and stand ready to work with you to enact sensible measures to curb this deadly epidemic.