November 7, 2019 — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released the following statement reflecting on the one year anniversary of the Thousand Oaks, California shooting.
Statement from former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords;
“The tragedy of Thousand Oaks is never far from our hearts. Today marks a year since we first heard twelve people were killed at the Borderline Bar and Grill in a horrific shooting. It’s difficult to listen to the stories of witnesses who went out for a night of dancing and ended it running from a gunman. It’s still heartbreaking to think some survived the massacre in Las Vegas only to become a victim of another shooter on this day.
“Our calendar is filled with anniversaries marking shootings like this one. Each day, in communities across the country there are quieter anniversaries that happen too. Families remembering a loved one who will never sit down at their table again because of gun violence. We can’t accept this as normal. It’s not right that we live in fear that anywhere we go could be the place where the next shooting happens.
“We know what must change. Our leaders are finally beginning to understand we won’t stop raising our voices until they act to pass gun safety laws. We’ll keep fighting for the memories of the Thousand Oaks victims and all others who have suffered from this crisis.”