Thompson Statement on Deadly Shooting in Fresno

Nov 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington – Today Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) released the following statement after a shooting in Fresno, California at a family event that killed four and injured at least six others.

“Another family tragically altered forever, and another community ripped apart by gun violence, this time in Fresno, California. My heart is broken for those killed and those forever changed by this senseless act and I am grateful for the first responders who rushed toward danger to help those hurt.

“Every day, another family and another community are devastated by gun violence. Too many live in fear that they will be next. And yet every day, Senate Majority Leader McConnell does nothing. He has the legislation – a bipartisan bill the House passed more than 260 days ago that would expand background checks and help prevent gun violence. It’s unconscionable that he would continue to do nothing while people are demanding action. Our entire caucus will not stop pressing him to do the right thing and help keep our communities safe. The American people deserve nothing less.”


The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force was established after the tragedy at Sandy Hook and has grown to a membership of more than 165.