“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families, but that is not enough.”
Rochester, New York – Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell (D-Rochester) has released the following statement in response to the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. that has claimed at least 14 lives.
“I continue to be horrified by the senseless gun violence that has taken too many lives across our nation and here at home. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families, but that is not enough. Elected officials need to come together and start discussing solutions to our gun violence problem in the United States. I plan to reintroduce my legislation requiring the safe storage of firearms in Monroe County as soon as the next session begins. We need to find reasonable, common-sense solutions that will make it more difficult for terrorists, criminals, and other violent individuals to get their hands on powerful weapons, and I am prepared to work with all those willing to stand up to make our communities safer.”
Legislator Flagler-Mitchell’s cousin, Herbert Thomas, lost his life in a mass shooting on Woodward St. in September 2015.