Washington, D.C.-(ENEWSPF)- Congresswoman Robin Kelly released a statement concerning the Pittsburgh tragedy, the shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, PA. The Congresswoman is vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and the author of The Kelly Report, which tracks gun violence in America and explores common sense reforms.
“My heart is with the families and congregation of Tree of Life Synagogue and the Pittsburgh community,” the Congresswoman begins.
Congresswoman Kelly then focuses on the fact that this tragedy was brougtht about by a man with a gun. “Once again, our nation saw the impacts of someone with hate in their heart who had access to a gun,” she continues. “With a gun, he turned that hate into violence and now, people are dead and families are forever torn apart.”
“It’s past time to make this type of tragedy history by passing commonsense gun safety reforms that nearly all Americans support,” she says.
Perhaps responding to President Trump who claimed that the Jewish worshipers at the synagogue would have fared better if they had “protection,” referencing firearms.
“If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him, maybe there would have been nobody killed, except for him, frankly,” Mr. Trump told reporters on Saturday, adding that the U.S. should “stiffen up” its laws on the death penalty.
The death penalty already applies in this case and did not deter the alleged shooter from carrying out this crime. Congresswoman Kelly also noted that armed first responders were also shot Saturday at the synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
“More and more, these mass shootings are also resulting in the death and injuries of law enforcement officers and first responders,” Congresswoman Kelly’s statement continued. “Today, several officers were shot adding to multiple and recent tragedies in the Pittsburgh area where police have been outgunned by criminals. The time to act is now.”