Texas Democrats’ Statement on the Anniversary of the 2019 El Paso Massacre

AUSTIN, TexasTexas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on the anniversary of the 2019 El Paso massacre:

“Two years ago today in El Paso, our nation endured a horrific hate-fueled tragedy in the deadliest attack on Latinos in recent U.S. history. Armed with a semi-automatic rifle, a white supremacist, domestic terrorist killed 23 El Pasoans and injured dozens more.

“Today, we grieve with the entire El Paso community. We remember those whose lives were so unjustly taken, and hold their loved ones in our hearts. And we stand with all those affected by this horrific attack.

“El Pasoans continue to be an example of resilience for our nation. Yet two years later, we are no closer to ending the gun violence epidemic that remains a scourge across our country — and Republican politicians continue to peddle the same racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric that led directly to this attack. Through the first part of 2021, gunfire killed more than 8,100 people in the United States, with violence in Texas, Georgia, and Illinois bringing the number of mass shootings to nearly 300 so far this year. But as gun violence continues to rise in Texas, we are heading in the wrong direction with Republicans’ reckless permitless carry legislation about to become law in September.

“While Republican politicians like Greg Abbott continue to scapegoat immigrants, fan the flames of hate, and open the door to gun violence, Texas Democrats will continue working to hold lawmakers accountable and continue fighting to pass common-sense gun reform.

“The people of El Paso and of Texas deserve better. We honor the victims and survivors of the El Paso massacre and other mass shootings with action — fighting to end these deadly attacks that plague our nation. We owe it to the victims and their families to pass common-sense gun reform so that no community ever has to experience the kind of loss suffered on August 3rd, 2019 ever again.”