WASHINGTON --- This morning, police said, a disgruntled worker at a Hartford beer and wine distributor shot and killed eight people before being shot and killed by police, while a masked gunman with an assault rifle killed two and injured six at a party in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and former Indiana political leader, issued the following statement from Chicago:
“We make it too easy for dangerous people to arm themselves - people like the angry, severely troubled man who murdered co-workers in Hartford. And we allow public access to military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, like the shooter in Indianapolis. We need to come to terms with this horror in our country.
“While these types of tragedies are taking place, Congress is passing laws to ensure the gun lobby is exempt from campaign finance laws and that gun owners can keep their arsenals if they file bankruptcy. And we have a President who won’t talk about solutions to the gun violence problem.
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“I grieve for the families who have lost loved ones today, just like the families who lost loved ones last week, and the week before, and the week before that. There must come a day when we do something about this, rather than just shrug and say it’s inevitable.”