Orlando Shooting Yet Another Reason We Must Act

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: June 12, 2016

Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director

                       Utah House Democratic Caucus

                       801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov

Democratic Leader Says Gun Violence in Our Country Demands Action

Salt Lake City - House Democratic Leader Brian King released the following statement this morning in the wake of the tragic acts of violence reported in Orlando, Florida.


“Our thoughts and prayers for those killed and injured in Orlando are appropriate today. But the time is far spent for that alone. Not one more life should be lost due to any lack of understanding about how to deal with mass killings in America.

As a state and country we need to provide the resources to make progress on getting the answers to questions about how to reduce the number of mass killings and the lethality of those events. We may need greater mental health resources. Perhaps better regulation of guns or other lethal weapons may be advisable. More effective tools for law enforcement may save lives. New technology may provide a significant benefit. In all likelihood, some combination of these things, together with other measures, is necessary. But let’s make the decision, as a state and nation, to get accurate and unbiased information, and then provide the necessary resources, to decrease the number of mass killings we are experiencing. That’s the way we have dramatically reduced both the number of auto collisions in our country and the lethality of those collisions when they occur. We can and should do the same for mass killings.”