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Four People, Including a Child, Dead in Orange, California; Two Dead in Washington DC as Americans Demand Senate Action  

Washington DC—Four people, including a child, were killed at an office complex in Orange, California, on Thursday, March 31. In Washington DC two people are dead and three others were shot. Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is monitoring the latest in a steady string of mass shootings in America.  

Giffords Law Center Executive Director Robyn Thomas:

“Today, America mourns six more lives, including a child, taken by gun violence. It’s a painful reminder that no part of our country is immune from the epidemic of gun violence, from Orange to Washington, Atlanta to Boulder, and far too many more. 

“We do not need to live like this. People in America should not wonder when a shooting could hurt their loved ones. Yet too many lawmakers remain silent as the country cries for action. Just last week, Senator Cruz mocked victims and survivors of gun violence by calling any commonsense efforts to prevent gun violence “political theater.” These are real lives, real people, real families being destroyed each day because politicians are loyal to the gun lobby instead of their constituents. Even as there is overwhelming support from Americans—Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike—to pass lifesaving laws. 

“It’s on us to not let silence win out. We must demand action and never stop asking, when will our leaders have the courage to act?” 

Last week, Thomas testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on “Constitutional and Common Sense Steps to Reduce Gun Violence.” The Senate has not yet taken action on any gun safety legislation, whereas the House of Representatives has passed a number of Giffords-supported bills, including ones that address universal background checks, the Charleston loophole, and violence against women.  


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