Congressman Carson Statement on Shooting at Noblesville West Middle School
INDIANAPOLIS – Congressman André Carson (IN-07) released the following statement following the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School:
“Today, our community was struck by a senseless act of gun violence. The grief, the anger, and the disappointment are as fresh today as they were after the shooting at Sandy Hook. After the school shooting at Columbine. After Virginia Tech. And, after Las Vegas, Parkland, and more recently, Santa Fe. Our country is exhausted by these tragedies and we have run out of patience. Every student in our country deserves to attend school without fear for his or her safety. Every parent should be able to send a child to school without the anxiety that their worst fear might come true.
“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved. I am grateful for the outstanding first responders, who answered this morning’s call with swiftness, professionalism, and courage. Every time something like this occurs, we pray it will be the last. But that is unlikely to be the case until Congress takes meaningful action.
“This Memorial Day, we will remember the 2,411 service members killed since 2001 and all who have died for our country. We cannot forget that they died to protect us. But every day 96 of the Americans they fought for are killed with guns. That’s 13,000 gun homicides per year. And in 2018 alone, nearly 30 children have been murdered in school shootings.
“Yesterday, the House of Representatives took a vote, which I was proud to support, to fund our military. But, we can do more to protect Americans by tackling gun violence. When wars abroad get our support and protecting people at home get ignored, we are failing at national security.”