Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement Following the Mass Shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks

Nov 8, 2018
Press Release

PRESS STATEMENT HEADER

For Immediate Release                                                                  Contact: Robin Chand

November 8, 2018                                                                                                  (202) 225–3816

Press Statement

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement Following the Mass Shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks

 

Jackson Lee—“If we are to tackle this problem, we must be clear-eyed about the cause, and harbor the resolve to forge a solution.  Congress and leaders throughout Statehouses all over the country must tackle this scourge and stem the tide of gun violence.  If we do not, we are destined to be little more than helpless bystanders, and our citizens will continue to suffer and die.”

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget, and the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, following the mass shooting at a bar outside of Southern California, killing twelve people: 

“Last night, an armed and deranged individual walked into the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, and opened fire.  Twelve people were killed, including a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department who was on the eve of retirement.  The location of the shooting is especially tragic as initial reports suggest that the venue targeted by the gunman was a place for survivors of last year’s Las Vegas shooting—which killed 58 people—to gather and reflect in fellowship and support, following the horror of that night.  I am grateful to all first-responders for their quick work in containing this tragedy, including their valiance in limiting the loss of life. 

“As has now almost become perfunctory, a community will begin the process of mourning those lost, and burying those who perished.  Then, before long, the country will return to life as normal, forgetting what transpired just outside of Los Angeles last night. Beyond the horror of last night, Americans from across the nation and from all walks of life must consider that this is the 307th mass shooting event of the calendar year.  It comes less than two weeks after a gunman fueled by hate entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 parishioners in what constituted the largest hate crime against Jews in the history of the United States. 

“Americans are not more mentally-ill than citizens from other countries; we are not independently more prone to gun violence more than citizens from other countries, nor are the movies we watch and the music to which we listen more violent than other comparable societies or countries.  The common thread through all of these shootings is the ready, easy access to firearms, ammunition and weapons of war.  If we are to tackle this problem, we must be clear-eyed about the cause and harbor the resolve to forge a solution.  Congress and leaders throughout Statehouses all over the country must tackle this scourge and stem the tide of gun violence in the country.  If we do not, we are destined to be little more than helpless bystanders, and our citizens will continue to suffer and die.”

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Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas, is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and the Budget. She is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.