BEFORE YOU READ:
- Confusion, terror heard in newly released 911 calls made during Monterey Park shooting
- 11th person dies in Monterey Park mass shooting as victims identified
- Monterey Park mass shooting suspect dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound
- Half Moon Bay mass shootings suspect admits to killings, claims he was bullied for years
- Half Moon Bay shootings suspect charged with 7 murders
- Suspect arrested in Half Moon Bay mass shootings that killed 7
Over the course of less than 48 hours in January, the horrific mass shootings in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park claimed eighteen precious lives, forever altered two beloved and close-knit communities, and compounded the sense of fear and insecurity that the Asian American community is experiencing amid a disturbing rise in anti-Asian hate. By honoring the memories of the deceased, I’m hopeful this resolution will provide some solace to my constituents and recommit Congress to addressing gun violence and preventing future tragedies.
While we cannot begin to process the pain these families are going through from these unspeakable acts of violence in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park during the Lunar New Year, we can continue honoring their memory through this resolution. During a time that Asian Americans have been experiencing an increase in hatred and xenophobic attacks, it is vital for Congress to remind the Asian American community they have our support and that we must press forward on passing additional gun safety legislation to ensure the safety of our communities.