Hastings’ Statement on Shooting in Virginia
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement regarding the shooting in Franklin County, Virginia:
“Yesterday, our nation was again shocked by a cowardly act of murder. The fact that this horrific crime was committed live on television, and focused on two bright young people makes it even harder to bear. My heart is broken for the families of Adam Ward and Alison Parker, and I grieve with the people of Virginia, and our entire nation, for their loss.
“I also send my thoughts and prayers to Vicki Gardner and her family with the hopes that she makes a full and speedy recovery.
“We have a problem in our country that there is no denying. Gun violence is a scourge on communities across America. Yesterday’s shooting in Moneta, VA is yet another reminder that we need to have a very serious conversation.
“Our policies on guns are no longer driven by common sense and reason, but instead by fierce ideologues. The idea that the Second Amendment guarantees unlimited and unfettered access to all guns, all of the time, is ludicrous. We can’t do everything to stop gun violence, but we have a moral responsibility to act to curb it, and we must do it now.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as a Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chair of the Florida Delegation.