Anthony Feig (MI-04), Statement by Anthony Feig regarding the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

The shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are horrific. Over the past twenty-four hours, 29 people have been murdered and over four dozen injured in what can only be called acts of terrorism. My wife Cathy’s and my hearts break for those who lost friends and loved ones.

We were longtime residents of El Paso. Our sons were born there. Through dear friends and colleagues, I am also personally connected to the greater Dayton area. However, it doesn’t take a personal connection to inspire me to act against these atrocious instances of hate-fueled gun violence.

This year, the Democratic majority in the US House acted in a bipartisan manner to address gun violence. They passed HR 8, which strengthened background checks, and in other legislation closed the Charleston Loophole. But more needs to be done. My resolve to fight for common sense gun regulation is strengthened by the tragedies in El Paso, Dayton, and lest we forget, the 248 other mass shootings that have happened this year.

I believe that automatic rifles and high-capacity clips are battlefield weapons that must stay on the battlefield—and not in our communities. We can celebrate Michigan’s hunting and outdoor heritage while also keeping our families safe. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. It is time for the legislative action that the American people demand.
— Anthony Feig