El Paso, Odessa Shootings Demand Solutions, Not Political Point-Scoring

Today on the floor, I discussed my visits to El Paso and Odessa after last month’s shootings and urged my Senate colleagues to come together on solutions. Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.

In a community as tight-knit as El Paso, the devastation was immeasurable.

The day after the shooting, I visited El Paso and met with several of the victims as well as the law enforcement officers responding to the tragedy.

Less than a month later, we experienced another shooting.

I had the pleasure of thanking the men and women in blue, our law enforcement officers, for their quick response in Odessa and thanked them for the work they do every day.

The question is, of course, how did this happen? How can we prevent it from happening again?

I’ve been speaking with my constituents as well as colleagues here in the Senate over the last few weeks about what legislative solutions might look like. And I do expect us to have a wide-ranging debate on the subject in the coming days.

In the case of the Fix NICS Act, it was able to become law because it had broad support from Republicans and Democrats as well as the President, so this will guide my approach again.

I’m not interested in scoring political points or introducing bills so we can pat ourselves on the back and run our next campaign on it. I’m actually interested in trying to solve the problem and saving lives in the process. That's what we did on the Fix NICS Act.

We owe it to all of them and to ourselves to work on solutions to prevent more communities from experiencing these type of tragedies.

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