Congressman Lowenthal Statement on Dallas, TX, Falcon Heights, MN, and Baton Rouge, LA

July 8, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today issued the following statement on the sniper attack in Dallas, Texas, the death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:

"Dallas, Texas. Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

"These are not individual incidents, occurring in a vacuum, outside the orbits of each other.

"These tragedies are tied together by the threads of anger and fear.

"They have filled me with horror, sadness, and grief. In this moment, I have no solutions--but I refuse to stop working to find them. I have no cheerful comment to make the moment brighter--but I refuse to reject optimism in our future. What I do know is that this is not who we are as a people. We are stronger than fear and we are stronger than hate.

"I also know that we as a nation cannot allow ourselves to grow numb to this. Each of these deaths--each of these innocent lives lost--should cause each of us great sorrow and pain. They should pain not just for the simple loss of human life, but also for the realization that their deaths, and the more than 90 people that die from gunfire each day in this nation, are the painful signs that something is profoundly wrong in our society. Fear and anger have never been our nation's rudder. As the President said, "We are better than this.""