WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a leading advocate for commonsense gun safety reforms, released the following statement:
“We're still learning more about the horrific mass shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh this morning, but my heart is aching for the Jewish families who've been torn apart by violence on the Sabbath. Likewise, my thoughts are with the families of the first responders who bravely put themselves in harm’s way to protect others.
“In the United States of America, everyone deserves the right to worship without fear. This is a heartbreaking reminder that anti-Semitism is never dead, but simply dormant, and all too easily awoken by those who stoke hate.
“Ultimately, we need more than thoughts and prayers and kind words during this time. Only when we pass commonsense gun safety measures will the American people know we are serious about protecting them.
“The President’s callous comments show us why we need reasonable gun safety measures in our country. Instead, the President is again dismissing common sense gun laws in favor of more guns – this time in our houses of worship. Houses of worship in the United States of America should not require armed guards. This country was founded on the principle that every single person should be able to practice their religion freely and in peace.”