Kent Lester Statement on Sutherland Springs Shooting

Monday, November 6, 2017

Via Press Release

Cedar Park TX - U.S. Congressional candidate Kent Lester today issued the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas:

"I am heartbroken and angry over the tragic mass shooting in Sutherland Springs yesterday, this time in a house of worship on a beautiful Texas Sunday morning. Yesterday when I got the news, I couldn’t help but ask aloud 'when will it end?' What will it take for people to come together to stop this insanity? When is enough enough?

I have had enough. It is past time that the federal government allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct meaningful research on gun violence and access in America. As a nation, we can no longer afford to bury our heads in the sand on this issue. Partisanship, politics, and profits should never be a factor when lives are on the line.

That’s why my first priority in Washington DC will be to support or introduce legislation that would legalize accurate, thorough, and unbiased research on guns. I do not seek to ban guns. Only by studying this phenomenon honestly, can we hope to stop mass shootings and other tragic gun related events. I want to remove the handcuffs from the CDC and let them do their jobs."