Las Vegas Mass Shooting Statement

Baltimore County Green Party
Statement on the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

People woke up on Monday morning to the news of a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As the details unfolded, we learned that the shooter, a white male, was responsible for killing 59 people and wounding over 500 more, making this the largest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.  Between the hotel room from which the shooter terrorized so many, and his residence, officials recovered 42 guns, all of which are believed to have been purchased legally.  As occurs in the aftermath of these shootings, the debate over gun laws and Second Amendment rights takes center stage.  Many progressives pledge to work for policy change that will prevent another gun-related tragedy. 

The Green Party knows that, despite those promises, policy reform on guns is not going to happen.  The Green Party knows this is because our two-party system depends on guns to fund its continued existence.  The National Rifle Association (NRA) has donated more than $3.5 million to current members of Congress.  49 of 100 U.S. Senators and 258 of 435 U.S. Representatives, both Democrats and Republicans, have accepted NRA donations.  As long as our legislators are paid by the NRA, our Senators and Representatives will actively fight against common sense gun policy that could prevent many more senseless deaths. 

The Green Party and its candidates do not accept donations from the NRA.  If you are serious about reducing gun violence and about policy reform, join a political party that is as serious as you are: The Green Party. 

We hope you will join us at our next meeting on Monday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.  


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