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  • Hastings’ Statement on Mass Shooting in Thousand Oaks
    Posted in Press Releases on November 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on last night’s shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill Dance Hall in Thousand Oaks, California: “My heart sank this morning when I learned of last night's shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. It is with profound grief that I offer my condolences to the families that lost loved ones and prayers for the injured. “I also join in paying tribute to Sergeant Ron Helus, who died in the line of duty while responding to this horrific e... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of Las Vegas Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the first anniversary of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas: “One year ago, we suffered the worst mass shooting in our country’s history. Fifty-eight people were killed and 869 injured when a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, firing more than 1,000 rounds in just 11 minutes. The scale of this tragedy remains profound, and the heartbreak unfathomable. Today, my thoughts and pra... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court
    Posted in Press Releases on July 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform, Energy and Environment, LGBTQ Equality, Health Care, Immigration Policy, Criminal Justice Reform, Gun Control, Women's Issues, Human Rights and Refugees

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on President Donald John Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States: “The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is President Trump’s latest shameful effort to further roll back the progress we have made on voting rights, workers’ rights, women’s rights, civil rights, clean air and water, gun control, healthcare, and so much more. We cannot take nominations to the Suprem... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the 2nd Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting: "Two years ago, 49 people were killed at the Pulse Nightclub in what was at the time the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States. Like so many others, I was devastated by this senseless attack on the LGBTQ community. “People from every walk of life across the United States condemned this horrific shooting, asking why we are powerless to prevent v... Read more

  • Hastings Urges DOJ to Support FL Dept. of Law Enforcement’s Efforts to Update the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) with Disqualifying Mental Health Records
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings sent the following letter to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting funds for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) Mental Competency (MECOM) Database. These funds would be used to update the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Indices with disqualifying mental health records. May 16, 2018 Alan Hanson Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Office of Justice Programs United States Department of Justice 810 Seventh Street NW W... Read more

  • Hastings, Deutch, and Wasserman Schultz Condemn NRA President’s Comments About Stoneman Douglas Students
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) released the following statement in reaction to the newly elected National Rifle Association (NRA) President Oliver North calling student gun reform activists “civil terrorists”: “Oliver North’s comparing gun reform activists to civil terrorists is as outrageous as it is shameful,” said Congressman Hastings. “I’ve got news for Mr. North: the Stoneman Douglas High School students... Read more

  • Hastings and Florida Democrats Send Letter Opposing Florida’s Firearm Preemption Law
    Posted in Press Releases on May 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letter to Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, advising them to prioritize the repeal of the firearm preemption law that limits the ability of localities to implement sensible gun control measures. Joining Hastings’ as co-signers of the letter include: Senator Bill Nelson, Reps. Val Demings, Charlie Crist, Lois Frankel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Stephanie Murphy, Al Lawson, Darren Soto, Kath... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the National School Walkout
    Posted in Press Releases on April 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in support of the National School Walkout, commemorating the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School: “I am extremely proud of the students across our nation, who are taking part in the National School Walkout Day. The passion and energy of these students in the days since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is inspiring, and I will continue to work with them and any other person committ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the 5th Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the 5th anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: “The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School will forever be among the defining tragedies in our nation’s history. Five years after this incomprehensible act of violence, my heart is still broken for the families that lost children, the teachers who gave their lives protecting their students, and the Newtown community. No... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Las Vegas Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the horrific mass shooting that took place last night near the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas: “Words cannot express the shock and sorrow I feel this morning. I offer my deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones, to those wounded, and to the people of Las Vegas. I commend Las Vegas’ first responders who acted valiantly to evacuate the injured. “Just last year, our nation witnessed what was at the time the worst mas... Read more

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