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Jackie Speier on no new gun control after Colorado school shooting; ‘Gutless wonders in Congress’

May 8, 2019

Rep. Jackie Speier criticized Congress’ for allowing gun violence to become ‘the new normal’ Wednesday following a deadly school shooting this week in Colorado.

“The scars that all of these young people will bear for the rest of their lives is something we should not underestimate...We cannot allow this to become the new normal,” the California Democrat said.

She added children are the face of school shootings because “we have a lot of gutless wonders in Congress that aren’t willing to stand up to the NRA, which frankly has become a shadow of its former self.”

“I think it’s time to think about all the kids in this country, all the worshippers in churches and synagogues, and how these soft targets have become ripe for the picking,” she said, “the answer is getting some really strict laws on the books so young kids can’t access these guns.”

Ms. Speier is herself a victim of gun crime. A congressional staffer at the time, she was shot five times during the 1978 Jonestown massacre. Her employer, Rep. Leo Ryan of California, was fatally wounded in the incident.

Two suspects are in custody after a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday that left one student dead and several others injured.