CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)–June 17, 2016. Today, Representative Jan Schakowskyreleased the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the hate crime that killed nine parishioners at the historic Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.:
“One year ago today, nine Charleston residents were brutally gunned down during Bible study at the Emanuel AME church. The pain of this loss still hangs heavily and my deepest sympathies go out to those who lost loved ones. This senseless hate crime shook our country and calls were made for action to prevent future tragedies and to reduce gun violence in our communities. Moments of silence were held along with vigils. But as we have learned, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. In the wake of yet another devastating hate crime this week in Orlando, we find ourselves once again in an all too familiar cycle. We need sensible gun safety laws that prevent individuals who should not be able to own guns from buying them and we need to get assault weapons off our streets.
“Each day I receive countless letters and calls from my constituents demanding an end to the violence taking place in our city of Chicago and across the country. My constituents are asking for commonsense gun safety laws. Enough is enough. For the people of Charleston, Orlando, Newtown, Colorado Springs, Chicago and countless other places, we must act without delay. It is time to disarm hate and it is time to end gun violence.”