Congresswoman Matsui Statement on President Obama's Address to the Nation on Keeping the American People Safe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 7, 2015
Congresswoman Matsui Statement on President Obama’s Address to the Nation on Keeping the American People Safe
Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to the nation from the Oval Office on keeping the American people safe:
“As we all face emotions of fear and anger in the wake of the deadly massacre of U.S. citizens in San Bernardino, California, the President’s Address to the Nation reminds us that we must remain dedicated to the values that make America a model for the world in our response to acts of terror.
“The steadfast determination to protect the American people should always be our first priority. And, as we continue to respond to an evolving threat of terrorism from organizations such as ISIL, I have every confidence that our military and intelligence officers, along with our closest allies, will fight terrorism forcefully and effectively.
“Yet, as the President emphasized in his Address to the Nation, there are specific, immediate actions we can take in Congress to make our fellow citizens safer. From California to Colorado, the devastating realities of gun violence are hitting home. Enacting common-sense gun law reforms, such as those that ensure no terrorist suspect is able to buy a weapon, must not be a political issue. I will not rest until gun loopholes that endanger the safety of our families and neighbors are closed.
“Above all, I caution anyone who reacts to this crisis by turning us against one another through fear mongering, instead of turning towards constructive legislative action. By grounding our discussions in fear, we only fuel the type of emotion that creates distrust in human kind.
“We can, and we will, win the war on terror by putting divisive rhetoric aside in a common mission that is grounded in our most cherished American ideals.”