Congressman Lowenthal Statement On Paris Terrorist Attacks

November 16, 2015
Press Release
Congressman Alan Lowenthal today issued the following statement on the terrorist attacks in Paris:

"The people of France and the people of the United States have shared a common bond of liberty and equality for over two hundred years. In the face of the recent horrible tragedy, that bond now brings us even closer in unity and solidarity. We stand with the French people as they mourn. We stand with the friends and families of those who were killed, like Nohemi Gonzalez, a young California State University, Long Beach student studying abroad in Paris.

"We also stand with our CSULB family, in their mourning. Nohemi's death is a very personal loss for each of us. It tears at the very bonds of fraternity that embrace every member of our CSULB family and the Long Beach community. 

"Like Nohemi, the victims of this senseless massacre come from all walks of life, from all corners of the globe, from all different backgrounds. However, bullets do not discriminate by race or nationality. Bombs do not discriminate by religion or ideology.

"This was not an attack on Paris, though Paris was the target. This was not an attack on the French people, though the French people were the target. This was an attack on what unites us: our shared humanity and our shared values of liberty. And in that humanity--in those values--we will find the strength to stand strong in the face of senseless violence. Because what unites us is what most frightens those who would do us harm."