Rep. Tom Malinowski called on congressional leadership to take action to blunt threats posed by white supremacist terrorism in the wake of shootings that left at least 30 dead and scores more injured this weekend.
“In the wake of the El Paso shootings, it is clear that terrorists motivated by a common white supremacist ideology are committing deadly attacks against African-American, Jewish, Muslim, Hispanic and other non-white communities in the United States and around the world, and that they pose a clear and present danger to our national security,” Malinowski and 47 other Democrats said in a letter to congressional leadership. “There is legislation pending in the House and Senate, much of which should have bipartisan support, that would strengthen our government’s ability to confront domestic terrorism, while making it harder for terrorists to purchase guns. We should not wait until the district work period ends on September 9 to take action that will protect the American people.”
On Sunday, a masked gunman wielding a rifle fitted with a 100-round gun magazine opened fire in downtown Dayton, Ohio, killing nine and injuring at least 27 others.
A day earlier, a 21-year-old gunman killed at least 21 people in an El Paso, Texas, shopping center. Authorities said 26 others were injured.
Investigators believe the El Paso gunman posted a white-supremacist manifesto on 8chan, an online message board, before carrying out the massacre.
“White supremacist terrorism is a clear and present danger to our security and should be taken as seriously as threats from foreign-based terrorist groups,” Malinowski said. “It’s time for the Senate to move on the gun bills the House has already passed and both houses should adopt legislation to bolster our government’s response to domestic terrorism. This work must begin now.”