Sandy Springs, GA—Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) released the following statement today in response to yesterday’s shooting in Highland Park, Illinois: 

“This weekend, while Americans were trying to celebrate the ideals that our nation can still live up to, we instead witnessed yet another tragedy involving gun violence. Six lives were lost and dozens more were injured in Highland Park, an area familiar to me from my childhood in Illinois. Now, yet another community is traumatized by the uniquely American epidemic of gun violence.   

“These senseless killings leave us with more questions than answers. My heart breaks for the victims and their families, and for an entire community that is grieving and processing this trauma. But I do know this: the Highland Park shooting underscores our urgent need to do more. Gun violence does not discriminate; it mars communities without regard for its victims, and it continues at a frequency that does not pause for national holidays. We must give the American people more tools to combat gun violence and prevent these tragedies. When I return to Washington next week to attend the signing ceremony for the bipartisan Safer Communities Act, I will carry with me the memories of the Highland Park victims, understanding that we must continue to fight for a future free from gun violence.”