Congressman Costa Issues Statement On Fresno Shooting, Vows to Support Victims

Nov 18, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement about the overnight shooting in Fresno, California that left 4 people dead and injured 6 others: 

“It saddens me once again, to hear of another mass shooting, this time in my own district. I have reached out to local law enforcement and am ready to assist in any way possible,” said Costa.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, but as a community and a country, thoughts and prayers are not enough! We have passed meaningful bipartisan gun safety legislation this year in Congress that Sen. Mitch McConnell refuses to bring up in the Senate. That legislation, combined with state and local efforts, would help make a difference. This plague of gun violence in our country, as we continue to witness, knows no boundaries. We must come together to bring rational and practical solutions to support our local communities throughout our nation.”  

Congressman Costa has worked to advocate for crime victims throughout his career. He is the Co-founder and Co-chair of the Crime Survivors and Justice Caucus, which has been a leading voice in ensuring that crime victims receive the services and advocacy they need.  Rep. Costa will remain in contact with local law enforcement and community organizations, as the situation continues to develop to provide services to support victims and their families.  

As of November 17, there have been 369 mass shootings in the U.S and 28 mass murders in 2019. Despite this rising number, the Senate refuses to vote on meaningful gun safety legislation. The House passed the following bills, which Rep. Costa cosponsored to deliver results for the American people:   

H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019   
H.R.1296 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2019