DES MOINES, IA – Today, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Franken issued the following statement:
“The massacre in Buffalo exposes, once again, deep-rooted evils in our country: white supremacy and unrestricted access to weapons of war.
Week after week, we are witness to violent attacks in communities of every size – in our grocery stores, in our preschools, in our places of worship. We are witness to hate crimes, to accidental shootings of children in their own homes, to domestic violence.
And after each attack, we perform the same charade, while nothing changes. It won’t stop. It won’t stop until our government leadership and our society make it stop through structural transformation.
I refuse to sit by and watch while innocent Americans – a disproportionate number of people of color – are hunted and murdered while white supremacists and hate-filled killers are propped up by Fox News and the GOP.
Statements are empty. It’s time to act. It’s time to elect leaders who are urgently committed to doing whatever it takes to pass gun control and to advance policies that create equity. As a U.S. Senator, I pledge to do both.”