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 prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones, those who were injured and still on the long road to recovery, and all who were affected by this devastating event.
“More than 33,000 Americans will die from gun violence this year. They are our friends, our neighbors, and our family. Many of them will not garner a 'breaking news' headline. Until the national conversation about guns and gun violence yields action, we will continue to suffer from unnecessary tragedies and anguish.
“There is no need to parse words. Republican Members of Congress have a bad habit of ignoring the devastation brought by gun violence and have blocked every single Democratic effort to enact reasonable reform measures. On this solemn anniversary, it is my hope that all Americans reflect on what we can do to end gun violence and how we can get there together.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.