A Message from Rep. Salud Carbajal on the 4th Anniversary of the Isla Vista Shooting, May 23, 2018:
Four years ago today, Isla Vista was rattled by an act of tragic and senseless gun violence, when a gunman took the lives of six UC Santa Barbara students, and injured fourteen others.
Since the Isla Vista shooting, Congress has held 37 moments of silence for the victims of gun violence, but we cannot continue to respond with more silence. We must honor these victims and their loved ones with action to make sure that our children are safe in their schools.
The anniversary of the deadly tragedy in Isla Vista is yet another painful reminder of the stunning inaction by this Republican Leadership in Congress to address our gun violence epidemic.
That’s why today I led a group of my colleagues to demand that House Leadership bring up a vote on a bipartisan package of common-sense gun safety measures. The package includes bipartisan legislation to implement universal background checks for gun sales, as well as a bill that I introduced based on a California law enacted in 2014 after the Isla Vista shooting.
My bill, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, H.R. 2598, encourages all states to empower families and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to prevent future tragedies due to gun violence. There are now over 100 Democrats and Republicans cosponsoring my legislation in Congress.
No one should have to live through the nightmare that parents and students experienced in Isla Vista on March 23rd, 2014.