Carolyn McCarthy is a member of Congress from Long Island. She first ran for Congress in the wake of the murder of her husband, and the severe wounding of her son, in the Long Island Railroad shooting by Colin Ferguson. She is the leading voice for gun control in this country, and no one has more of a right to be heard on the issue of gun violence.
Congresswoman McCarthy released the following statement today:
Earlier today, tragedy struck the campus of Virginia Tech. Young people just beginning to make their mark on the world have been killed in a senseless act of gun violence. Not
only have they been robbed of their future, but society as a whole have
been stripped of any future contributions they may have made to make
our world a better place. My heart goes out to the families of those lost in this heinous act.
It has been more than a decade since meaningful legislation that would prevent gun violence has been signed into law. This pattern must change. For too long Congress has stood idle while gun violence continues to take its toll. The unfortunate situation in Virginia could have been avoided if Congressional leaders stood up to the gun lobby.
It is imperative that Congress acts now and to fully protect our homeland. It is reprehensible that it takes tragedies like today’s events for Congress to stand up and act. I
offer my sincere sympathies to the families and will remain committed
to passing common sense legislation to prevent further acts of gun