WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) today released a statement following the deadly shootings in Las Vegas, NV:

The carnage does not end. The shooting in Las Vegas appears to be the worst in American history.  The families destroyed, lives disrupted and violence rained down on a peaceful music festival are the stuff of nightmares. As always, I am immensely grateful to the first responders who mitigated the loss of life and rushed into harm’s way.

Once again, Congress will retreat into grief and silence. After the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year, I excoriated Congress for its continued inaction in the face of endless bloodshed – not only mass shootings, but the ceaseless gun violence that butchers tens of thousands of Americans each year. I refused to stand in silence doing nothing while my fellow countrymen were being slaughtered.

Yet here we are, more than a year later. Almost 5 years after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School took the lives of 26 innocents, including 20 children.  And Congress. Has. Done. Nothing.

Until we face down the gun lobby and have the spine to take the steps necessary to protect our families, there is blood on our hands and this tragic, terrible story will play out again and again and again and again.

Congressman Jim Himes represents Connecticut’s 4th District, which includes the communities of Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield,  Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Oxford, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Stamford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton.