Engel on 4 Years Since Mother Emanuel Church Shooting

Engel on 4 Years Since Mother Emanuel Church Shooting


Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, issued the following statement:


“Four years ago today, an unspeakable tragedy took place at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston. Nine parishioners, gathered for prayer, were taken from their families by a madman with a gun. It’s a story that has become all too common in our country; a domestic terrorist, fueled by rage and with easy access to deadly weapons, goes on a rampage that steals away innocent lives. It shouldn’t be this way. It doesn’t have to be this way.


“House Democrats have come to grips with this epidemic of violence and are fighting to honor the memories of those lost through meaningful change. We have passed legislation to expand background checks and extend the wait period for gun purchases. But more needs to be done. We need to reinstitute the assault weapons ban. We need to outlaw dangerous armor piercing bullets. And we need to confront the reality of domestic terrorism right here in America. But we can’t do that without some semblance of courage from our GOP colleagues.


“The hatred that fueled the Charleston massacre has been fanned these past few years by so-called leaders who would rather appease their rage-filled base than stand up to bigotry. We as a nation need to say ‘enough.’”