Assault Weapons Ban of 2022

Floor Speech

Date: July 29, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. ESCOBAR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the assault weapons ban which will save lives.

Mr. Speaker, El Paso is coming up on a terrible anniversary. On August 3, 2019, my district was the site of the deadliest targeted attack on Latinos in modern history. Three years later, my constituents are still recovering from their injuries.

Because Republicans have decided that unfettered access to assault weapons is worth the routine slaughter of Americans, the domestic terrorist who attacked my community was able to do so with a legally purchased assault weapon.

What was once an unthinkable tragedy--the mass carnage we saw in El Paso--is now commonplace across America. Americans are fed up, and so am I.

Republicans have done nothing meaningful and hide behind thoughts and prayers--a phrase so empty and devoid of action that Congress is routinely and deservedly mocked for it.

So, Mr. Speaker, today I am proud to act. I am proud to vote on the assault weapon ban for El Paso, for Uvalde, and for countless other communities, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.