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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Statement on Monterey Park Mass Shooting

Washington DC — Today, Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, released the following statement after at least 10 people were killed and 10 injured in a mass shooting Monterey Park, CA. The shooting occurred at a dance studio on Lunar New Year’s Eve in a community with a high Asian population. The shooter is still at large. 

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: 

“I was devastated and heartbroken to learn the news of the tragedy that unfolded in Monterey Park last night when a celebration on the eve of Lunar New Year ended in bloodshed. Our country is watching a community’s pain and outrage unfold in real-time, a scene that has played out so many times before. I’m grieving for the community of Monterey Park, which had so much taken from them last night, and I’m also grieving for what isn’t there: a sense of safety and security when we gather in public in the United States. We owe it to all of the victims of gun violence to build this safer future.”

Peter Ambler, Giffords Executive Director and Co-Founder:

“This weekend, as the Monterey Park community celebrated the Lunar New Year, yet another American community was torn apart by senseless gun violence. At least 10 people have lost their lives and countless others will have to live with the trauma of a mass shooting. We can and must do more to protect our communities. Our communities should be able to celebrate in peace without the fear of a shooting. Our leaders must do more to end this violence.”

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