Press Release

Gabby Giffords Responds to Mass Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

November 5, 2017 — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords issued the following statement responding to the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.


“I am heartbroken to hear that once again a place for peace and prayer became a scene of horror and fear. My heart is with the people of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, their families and friends, and the first responders who rushed to the scene.

“The alarming frequency with which we watch terrifying scenes unfold in our communities is devastating – and it’s not normal. Every single day, 93 Americans are killed with a gun in our country. In 2016, the number of gun deaths spiked to 38,000. Since the massacre in Las Vegas that took the lives of 58 people and injured hundreds more, there have been 33 mass shootings reported in America, in states like Maryland, Ohio, and California. Today’s shooting in Texas brings that number to 34.

“Churches, schools, and parks should always be safe spaces, where families and friends can gather without fear of violence. But that’s not the America we’re living in today. I am praying that our lawmakers find the courage to face our nation’s gun violence problem. We can build a safer future for our children, but preventing future tragedies requires a president who acknowledges our gun violence problem and members of Congress who will stand up to the gun lobby and take action to save lives. This must stop. The time for action is now.”

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