Aberdeen, Md. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after visiting with Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler for an update on the shooting that occurred earlier today.
“Horrific. My heart is heavy as we are faced with the reality that a mass shooting again has left families, friends and one of our local communities in mourning. Regretfully, loved ones went to work today, like every other day, but will not be coming home tonight. Details are still emerging, but I’ve met with the Harford County Executive and Sheriff to offer my sincere condolences. I wanted to be there in person to thank them, as well as the many first responders and federal law enforcement on the scene for their swift responses.
“It is both frustrating and appalling that we are in this situation yet again, while the Republican leadership in Congress continues to block movement on a multitude of legislative measures that could save lives. While we do not yet know the full circumstances of the handgun used in this shooting, we can reduce gun violence with commonsense measures already introduced in Congress. There is no rational reason we should not close the loophole that allows some gun purchases to occur without a background check or reinstate the assault weapons ban. Thoughts and prayers may provide some brief consolation, but taking definitive action so that no other families have to go through the same pain and suffering is what is required. We must put an end to the suggestion that Americans must choose between their Constitutional rights and the safety of their families. We are fully capable of having both, and we must insist that we do.”