August 9, 2019 Update from Rep. Dean Phillips
It has been a difficult week for our country with the news of more mass shootings, this time in El Paso and Dayton. As these awful acts of domestic terrorism become regular parts of our news cycles, it can be easy to lose hope - but these are the times we must rally together as a community and keep pushing for positive change.
In the face of tragedy, it was comforting to join friends and neighbors in Minnesota for several inspiring events this week. I wanted to share some of the highlights with you:
HONORING GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS WITH ACTION
We spend billions of dollars and countless hours to keep our nation safe from foreign attacks, and it is baffling that we can’t do the same to save lives from domestic terrorism and gun violence. Our nation is crying out for reform - for research, for universal background checks, for an assault weapons ban, and for closing dangerous loopholes that make it too easy to purchase firearms. The longer we wait, the more likely it is that you, me, or more of our loved ones are victims of the next shooting. We need to stop this madness, which is why I joined Governor Walz, Moms Demand Action, faith leaders, and other advocates at the State Capitol on Wednesday to push for reform.
|I resolve to work with sensible members of Congress to identify solutions to our nation's gun violence epidemic.|
NIGHT TO UNITE
A little quality time connecting with neighbors was just what the doctor ordered this week. It was so wonderful to join our extraordinary community members in Corcoran and Greenfield for National Night Out. These events are held to foster great relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It was a joy to spend the evening enjoying food, games and fun with everyone who came out to celebrate the strong bonds we share as Minnesotans.
|To say I enjoyed national night out in Corcoran and Greenfield would be an understatement, click here for photos.|
I had the opportunity to listen and learn from Minnesota farmers alongside U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and several of my colleagues from the Minnesota congressional delegation. Our hardworking Minnesota farmers told me that they're not interested in handout -- what they want is access to markets. They're worried that the President's ongoing reactionary trade wars will devastate their way of life.
|I'm very grateful to all who took the time to share their perspectives with me at Farmfest. Yes, what they say is true: the pork chops are out of this world!|
While it was a great week spending time with so many of you, I remain heartbroken that we continue to allow the tragedy of gun violence to continue in this country unchecked. We cannot allow racism, bigotry, and white supremacy to keep dividing our nation - and we cannot allow generations of our children to live in fear of gun violence. I promise to do all I can in Washington to stand up for what is right and bring an end to this dark chapter in our history.
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