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Rep. John Lewis on Reporter and Cameraman Killed in Virginia

August 26, 2015
Press Release

I am shocked to hear that a dedicated reporter and cameraman, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, could be shot in broad daylight while they were simply trying to report a human interest story in Moneta, Virginia.  My thoughts are with their colleagues and their loved ones on this day.

This is a very, very sad, all too frequent tragedy.  There are just too many guns available in this country that get into the hands of sick people, angry people, and irresponsible people.

How many more deaths will it take for us to finally take some reasonable action against this kind of wanton violence?  We send troops to fight enemies on foreign soil, but somehow we cannot find the courage or the will to answer unchecked violence here at home.  This is the most violent Western nation in the world.  How many more innocent people will be murdered before we are finally provoked to do all we can about the proliferation of guns in our society?

My heart goes out to the victims and their families and to the family of journalists worldwide who risk their lives and are killed gathering the news. Since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 1142 journalists have been killed while reporting stories in this country and in other nations.  I hope that one day we will bring an end to this kind of violence in our nation and in conflict zones worldwide.