SoCal MASS SHOOTING: Feinstein Statement on San Bernardino Shooting

Dianne Feinstein
FILE - In this June 2, 2015, file photo, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. People on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list can't board commercial airliners, but they can walk into a gun store and legally buy pistols and powerful military-style rifles. The new Democratic push, which is considered unlikely to succeed in the GOP-controlled Congress, is focused on legislation by Feinstein that would let the attorney general compile a list of known and suspected terrorists.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(KRON) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) Wednesday released the following statement on the mass shooting in San Bernardino.

“Today we add San Bernardino to the long list of communities that have fallen victim to a mass shooting, and my heart is with the victims and their families.

“Details in San Bernardino are still murky, but what we do know is that these deadly shootings aren’t slowing down. Just a week after a deadly attack in Colorado Springs, we’re prepared to mourn more victims today.

“The Washington Post reported this week that in the first 334 days of 2015, there were 351 mass shootings. That’s an average of more than one deadly rampage for every day this year.

“USA Today reported that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System ran more than 185,000 checks for gun purchases the day after Thanksgiving. That doesn’t even count the sales that took place online or at gun shows, where no checks are necessary.

“When a convicted felon can walk into a gun show and buy an assault rifle, that’s a problem. When an individual with a known mental illness can buy an assault rifle online, that’s a problem. When a terrorist who can’t board an airplane can buy an assault rifle in a gun store, that’s a problem.

“Congress also has a problem—a debilitating fear of upsetting the gun lobby. Congress refuses even to require background checks on all firearms purchases, an action supported by the vast majority of Americans.

“Each time I see breaking news of yet another mass shooting, I feel it in the pit of my stomach. Congress can’t stop every shooting, but we can help reduce their frequency. I remain hopeful that enough of my colleagues will join me to make that a reality.”

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