Washington, DC – Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors’ CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on last night’s mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs that left at least five people dead and 18 wounded.

“This morning we woke up to the news of a mass shooting in an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.  Last weekend it was a mass shooting aboard a student bus at the University of Virginia.  Again, we must ask when will killing people with guns cease to be the way that anger, frustration, and hate are expressed in our country?  When will the tragic and senseless carnage end?

“The nation’s mayors send their condolences to the victims’ families and stand with Colorado Mayor John Suthers and the Colorado Springs community as they mourn the five who were killed, aid those who were injured, comfort the families and friends of the victims, and work to begin the healing process.  We praise the heroic Club Q customers who subdued the shooter for their quick action that doubtless saved lives and the Colorado Springs Police Department for its quick response.

“This summer, we celebrated the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act but knew then and know now that much more must be done if we are to reduce the horrific gun violence plaguing our nation. Bipartisan gun safety legislation that could mitigate such tragedies remains stalled in the Senate. The bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors again calls on the Senate to take up this commonsense legislation and pass it this year.”