Statement on Uvalde by Colin Heffernan, Democratic Candidate for 23rd House District


Colin Heffernan, the Democratic candidate running for State Representative for District 23, today released this statement:

As the news of yet another shooting came out of Uvalde, on the heels of the shooting in Buffalo, I’m reminded of how little progress we’ve made since Sandy Hook.

 

We still have craven politicians blaming everything but guns for the massacres that steal our children and threaten our lives in every corner of public space.

 

We still have talking heads fantasizing that a “good guy with a gun” can stop monsters, even when we just saw that they can’t.

 

I’d like to say “enough” but that won’t do. It will never be “enough” until we demand that lawmakers denounce the culture of death that values an AR15 over a child. It’s far too easy to get a weapon of mass carnage in this country, and no amount of bad faith whataboutism will change that fact.

 

Oh, and here’s the thing: I’m a gun owner. I bought a shotgun while I was living in post Katrina New Orleans where there were precious few police and the National Guard was patrolling the street under a state of emergency. It was a scary time and I know first-hand that there are legitimate reasons to purchase and keep a gun.

 

But what we have now is madness. When a kid can go and buy two assault rifles for his eighteenth birthday and then murder nineteen children a week later, the issue could not be starker. It is far too easy to obtain assault weapons and the results are horrific. We passed good laws in Connecticut after Sandy Hook, but rifles and madmen don’t respect state lines and the easy access to assault weapons in the USA threatens all of us and all of our children.

 

Let’s get to “enough” and demand that every one of our lawmakers commit to using every tool at their disposal to enact nationwide comprehensive gun reform. If they refuse to do that, they shouldn’t represent us…..because they never will.

 

Colin Heffernan