Rep. Cisneros Delivers Floor Speech Honoring Gun Violence Survivors

February 6, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) delivered a floor speech honoring gun violence survivors and calling for action on gun safety legislation. This week, February 1-8, marks National Gun Violence Survivors Week which focuses on sharing the stories of gun violence survivors. In 1960, Rep. Cisneros’ maternal grandfather was murdered through an act of gun violence. Rep. Cisneros’ mom was just 10-years-old when her father was killed, and his grandmother became a widow with six children left to raise.

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Text of Rep. Cisneros’ floor speech can be found below:

“Madam Speaker, in 1960, my mother’s life changed dramatically forever. That was the year her father was murdered through an act of gun violence. 

“She was just 10-years-old, and my grandmother became a widow with six children left to raise on her own.

“This week marks National Gun Violence Survivors Week, where we listen to stories like my mom’s and other survivors of gun violence throughout the country.

“But here in Congress, we need to do more than just listen to these stories.

“We need to act.

“Last year, the House passed common-sense, bipartisan gun safety legislation, H.R. 8, to expand background checks. 

“This measure is something over 90% of the American public wants.

“Unfortunately, it’s been sitting in the Senate for almost a year. And that’s unacceptable. 

“Survivors of gun violence, victims of gun violence, and the American people deserve a Congress who will act and pass these gun safety bills.

“Enough is enough.”

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