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Toomey Statement on El Paso and Dayton Shootings

August 4, 2019

Allentown, Pa. - Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

"The mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton are the latest, horrific examples of the violent scourge that is gripping America. The perpetrators of these murders are cowards. We must do more to keep guns out of the hands of psychopaths. While no law will end mass shootings entirely, it's time for Congress to act to help keep our communities safer. We should start by passing bipartisan proposals such as my legislation with Senator Joe Manchin to expand background checks to all commercial firearm sales. I also agree with Senator Lindsey Graham that we should pass a bipartisan "red flag" measure that enables families and law enforcement to obtain a court order to keep guns away from dangerous individuals."