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Congressman Anthony G. Brown Statement On Mass Shooting At The Capital Gazette

June 29, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement after the tragic shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD. The alleged shooter was charged with five counts of first-degree murder in a targeted attack on the newspaper.


“Yesterday was a tragic day for Annapolis, a tragic day for Maryland and a tragic day for America. My heart goes out to the families of those who have been killed, wounded and affected by this attack. These men and women were targeted for doing their job - reporting on the community they cherished and constantly seeking the truth.


“The shooter, who had a history of harassing and abusing women, took exception with their honest reporting of the facts and resorted to a senseless act of violence. This act of hate cannot be divorced from the horrific rhetoric coming from President Trump and his supporters, who routinely call the press ‘the enemy of the people’ and have been fomenting hostility against journalists. Those vile words have consequences, but no shooting will ever change who we are or the values that make us American.


“Gun violence has unfortunately become a daily occurrence in America. Everyday there is another shooting in a city, neighborhood, school, house of worship or office building. Everyday there is a shooting against another American because of their profession, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. We have to decide if this is the kind of country we want to be. As Americans we must be united in our grief and in our outrage, but we must also be united in our resolve to do more to reduce gun violence in our communities.


“Congress must act. We cannot simply decide to actively do nothing. The body in which I serve must find the will to finally act.”