Rep. Peters’ Statement On Thousand Oaks Shooting & Coronado Grad Killed Helping Others
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement on the tragic mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California:
“I don’t have any more words to express the sadness of yet another community torn apart by gun violence. San Diego tragically lost one of our own last night: Justin Meek, a Coronado High School graduate. I’m thankful for the bravery of Justin Meek and first responders, like Ventura County Sheriff Deputy Ron Helus, who laid down their lives to save others. My deepest condolences go out to the all victims’ families and the entire Thousand Oaks community.
For too long, these tragedies have been followed by silence; Republican leadership refused to let Congress act to curb gun violence. In January, the House has the opportunity to finally pass common-sense measures, like background checks. The Senate should do the right thing and also pass these safety measures that have the support of 90 percent of Americans and 80 percent of gun owners. Americans agree we need to protect our children at school, seniors at church, and fellow Americans in public spaces.
We can’t stop every instance of gun violence, but if we save one life, it would be worth it.”