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Congress to condemn Monterey Park, Half Moon Bay mass shootings

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Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) introduced a resolution that condemns the recent mass shootings and honors the memories of those who lost their lives.  

Representatives Judy Chu and Anna Eshoo from California introduced House Resolution 200 on March 8 to the floor in light of the Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay shootings. 

“Over the course of less than 48 hours in January, the horrific mass shootings in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park claimed eighteen precious lives, forever altered two beloved and close-knit communities, and compounded the sense of fear and insecurity that the Asian American community is experiencing amid a disturbing rise in anti-Asian hate,” Rep. Eshoo said in a news release

The resolution emphasizes their commitment in Congress to prevent gun violence in AAPI communities, communities of color and others nationwide. 

“While we cannot begin to process the pain these families are going through from these unspeakable acts of violence in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park during the Lunar New Year, we can continue honoring their memory through this resolution,” Rep. Chu said. 

The resolution reiterates Congressional support for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, citing the increase in hate crimes from 2020 to 2021, CBS News reported.  

“During a time that Asian Americans have been experiencing an increase in hatred and xenophobic attacks, it is vital for Congress to remind the Asian American community they have our support and that we must press forward on passing additional gun safety legislation to ensure the safety of our communities,” Rep. Chu said. 

The resolution currently has 55 co-sponsors. 

“By honoring the memories of the deceased, I’m hopeful this resolution will provide some solace to my constituents and recommit Congress to addressing gun violence and preventing future tragedies,” Rep. Eshoo said. 

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