Progressive Congress Responds to Horrific Shooting at Baseball Field in Alexandria, VA


Washington, D.C.— Progressive Congress issued the following statement in response to the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, June 14, 2017:

“We are horrified by the shooting at the Republican Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Our thoughts are with the people injured, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise; we wish them all a safe and speedy recovery and send our best thoughts to their families and loved ones. We applaud the Capitol Police, security personnel, and first responders at the scene and the doctors, nurses, and other medical staff at Washington, D.C. hospitals who are providing such great care to those injured. We also praise the actions of Members of Congress and their aides who acted quickly to respond to those injured. Without all these people, this would undoubtedly have been a far worse tragedy.

"We are deeply saddened by this hostile act against Members of Congress, the DC Capitol Police and their staff members,” said Dr. Gabriela Lemus, President of Progressive Congress. “The gunman placed many lives in danger. We hope that those who have been injured recover quickly, and we pray for them and their families. These types of events profoundly change how we engage in the world and highlight the need for tolerance, respect and love."

Acts of gun violence are all senseless, heinous crimes. We are grateful that no lives were lost today, but sadly, that is the reality in too many of these situations. Just in 2017 alone, there have been over 27,000 incidents and over 6,000 lives lost, including children and teenagers. We are deeply saddened by today’s shooting and urge our communities to treat gun violence like the epidemic it is. Gun violence is wholly unacceptable at a Congressional baseball practice, just as it is in a school or a neighborhood party or at a movie theater. No one should have to undergo this horrific experience, period.”


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