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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Rep. Waters Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

May 18, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Waters Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released a statement following the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas:

“I am heartbroken to learn of the tragic shooting that took place at Santa Fe High School, where at least 10 innocent lives were lost and many others were injured. I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and the entire Santa Fe High School community whose lives have forever been changed by this senseless act of violence.

“This tragic episode is the latest in a string of mass shootings in our country. In fact, it has been reported that the Santa Fe High School shooting is the  22nd instance of a shooting on the grounds of a school in 2018. This is not only deeply disturbing, it’s a national disgrace.

“Members of Congress have a responsibility to resist the pressures of the special interest gun lobby and pass the reforms that are so desperately needed to curtail gun violence and mass shootings in our country. To sit idly by and do nothing is a shameful dereliction of duty. Our children, our communities, and our nation all demand and deserve better.”

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters is a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and has co-sponsored legislation in the 115th Session of the U.S. Congress to establish a Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention (H.Res.367); to protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process (H.R.4240); to prohibit the manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of devices designed to convert a semi-automatic weapon into the near equivalent of a fully automatic machine gun (H.R.3947); and, to regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of assault weapons (H.R.5087).