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EL PASO – Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) visited Vitalant’s El Paso West location to donate blood to aid survivors of the shooting in El Paso. While there, he spoke to reporters about what Congress can do to prevent shootings like in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio from happening again in the future. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below.
“What happened here in El Paso is heartbreaking, and I know we’re all looking for information and answers. Meeting with some of the families in the hospital, as I know the president will do today, it’s amazing to me to see their resilience.”
“In Congress, we’re trying to come up with some answers.”
“We have tried to respond to some of these mass shootings in the past by improving our background check system to make sure that felons and other people who are already legally disqualified from getting firearms do so, but we also know that mental health is a huge factor.”
“But this particular incident looks clearly to be the act of a white supremacist, an act of domestic terrorism.”
“How you identify these people before they commit their crimes is really the puzzle that we have to try to be able to figure out how to solve.”
“This is a puzzle that we need to try to solve if we’re going to protect innocent lives, as we must do.”
“Senator McConnell, the Majority Leader of the Senate, has tasked members of the Senate to come together to see what sort of legislative responses might be appropriate, and some of the work we’ve done in the past, I think, is helpful, but it doesn’t cover something quite like this.”
“We need to try to adjust and to try to come up with ideas where we can hopefully identify people like this earlier and hopefully take them out of action so that they don’t commit these terrible, terrible acts of violence.”
Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.