Today, Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement after 12 people were killed in a shooting at the Washington, DC Navy Yard.
"I joined the rest of the country in being horrified by yesterday's senseless shooting at the Washington, DC Navy Yard. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families as they begin to cope with the loss of their loved ones.
"We have to do whatever we can to prevent this type of tragedy from occurring again. I call on my colleagues to pass bipartisan gun safety reform. When the Senate debated this issue in April, we saw widespread consensus from the public on commonsense reforms, such as expanding criminal and mental health background checks.
"While legislation can't put an end to all violence, lawmakers must do what is right and close the gaping holes in our system in order to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the severely mentally ill. Now is the time to do the right thing."