Here’s what President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, California, and local leaders say about the mass shooting at a Valley Transportation Authority facility in San Jose on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Nine VTA employees, including the shooter, are deceased.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
âWe are in a very dark time, but I am encouraged to see the response of the VTA family to come together to help their colleagues. We will do all we can to support the families of those who have lost loved ones.
âOur hearts are pained for the families of those we lost in this horrific shooting. . . This is the time for us to come together and mourn after today’s horrific tragedy. “
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Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen
âIt’s very raw. The people are in mourning. They learn that they have lost a husband, brother or son. It’s horrible. When people go to work in the morning and kiss their loved one goodbye, they don’t think it’s goodbye forever.
“We have ended many mass shootings through our aggressive efforts and gun violence to restrict laws, enforce them and remove guns from criminals and crack down on those guns, including assault weapons from our county. But unfortunately, as we see, it only takes one incident. We have to be perfect to stop all these killings and we are doing our best.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
âMy heart is simply broken for the families who have lost loved ones today and for all of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority who have lost friends and colleagues. VTA workers have been heroes for over a year now. Throughout the pandemic, even during the worst surges, the streetcar has never stopped working. The buses have never stopped running. Filming for the Gilroy Garlic Festival took place less than two years ago and our community is now facing yet another horrific gun crime, more insane deaths and broken families. As we mourn the victims, help and comfort the survivors, we all need to engage in the work that needs to be done to make sure this does not happen again. Please help support the victims and their families of this senseless tragedy on act.wpusa.org. “
Governor of California Gavin Newsom
âThere’s a similarity to that, and numbness, I think, is something we all feel. This begs the damn question, “What’s going on in the United States of America?” “
Congressman Ro Khanna
âWhile there is still a lot to be confirmed at the moment, one thing is quite clear: the epidemic of gun violence will continue to rage unless we take concrete steps to protect our country. It was our community today, but it will be someone else’s tomorrow. My heart is broken thinking about the lives lost, as well as the families and communities shattered by this senseless tragedy. These are just a few of our frontline heroes, who have brought South Bay through the worst of the pandemic. More than eighty percent of Americans want sensible gun control measures. Background checks, âred flagâ laws and longer wait times are right at your fingertips. When I return to Washington, I will continue to push for this urgent legislation. “
Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo
âA tragedy has struck our region with 8 dead in the mass shootings at the VTA in San Jose, and an unknown number injured. My prayers are with the families and my gratitude goes out to all first responders.
Senator Dianne Feinstein
âOnce again we face the tragic consequences of yet another mass shooting, this time at a San Jose rail yard where an employee killed at least eight people. My heart goes out to these victims and their families whose lives have been shattered today. The common thread of every mass shot is easy access to lethal weapons. We’re the only country that regularly experiences mass shootings, and that’s in large part because Republicans in Congress refuse to take reasonable steps to reduce gun violence. Democrats have proposed measures to stem this epidemic, including universal background checks, a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines and military-style assault weapons, a ban on untraceable ‘ghost’ weapons , raising the age to purchase an assault rifle, and the ability to ask a court to temporarily remove firearms from people who intend to harm themselves or others . âIt is time to adopt these common sense proposals to end the scourge of mass shootings. Ignoring the problem is not an option. We must do more to stop this violence. “
Senator Alex Padilla
âMy heart breaks for the community of San Jose and for the families of those who tragically lost their loved ones today in yet another senseless mass shooting. We cannot numb ourselves to the terrible crisis of gun violence, and I am committed to passing common sense legislation that will protect our communities. We must end this worrying cycle of tragedy. My office will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and I will do everything possible to ensure that San Jose receives the support it needs during this difficult time. “
President Joe Biden
âWe’re still waiting for a lot of details on that latest mass shot, but there are some things we know for sure. There are at least eight families that will never be whole again. There are children, parents and spouses who are waiting to find out if someone they love will ever come home. There are union brothers and sisters – good, honest and hardworking people – who mourn theirs. (Read the full statement here.)
âIt’s absolutely tragic. My prayers and thoughts are with all of these affected families. “