Five Injured by Gunman Armed with Handgun and Military-Style Assault Weapon

Hearing to Debate Gun Lobby–Backed Bill to Deregulate Silencers Postponed

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Today, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence condemned the heinous attack on Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his staffer, a lobbyist, and members of the congressional security detail. Reports indicate the shooter was armed with a military-style assault weapon and a handgun, and was neutralized by law enforcement after exchanging gunfire for 10 minutes.

“Incidents like this morning’s shooting in Alexandria are far too common and call to mind so many other horrific gun tragedies our country has endured in recent years,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “The shooter was armed with a handgun and a military-style rifle, far too easily acquired by a man with a violent history, radical notions, and deadly intentions. We’re grateful to the law enforcement officers and first responders who bravely protected those present at the shooting and saved lives. In spite of events like this occurring with stunning regularity—this was the 153rd mass shooting of 2017—the gun lobby continues to push for the total dismantling of our gun laws, including its attempt to deregulate silencers, legislation that was scheduled to be debated in Congress today. It’s terrifying to imagine how much more difficult it would be for police to respond to a mass shooting when a gunman has a silencer. Our leaders in Congress need to take action to make this country safer and fight back against the gun lobby’s deadly agenda.”

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