Washington, DC–Below is a statement by Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of The United States Conference of Mayors, on yesterday’s mass shooting in Allen, TX:

“Another day in America, another city coping with the horror and reality of a mass shooting. Yesterday’s was in Allen, Texas and at least eight people were killed and seven wounded. Once again, we hear promises of thoughts and prayers when what we need is political courage and action in Congress and in state legislatures.

“America’s mayors stand with Allen Mayor Ken Fulk and the Allen community as they come to grips with the tragedy that occurred and begin the process of grieving and recovering. And we praise the brave first responders for their quick action that saved lives.

“What will it take for this nation to take action to reduce gun violence, how many innocent lives must be lost? Many state legislatures are focused on loosening gun safety restrictions rather than tightening them. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a resolution to weaken federal gun safety regulations, not strengthen them. Mayors, police chiefs, and first responders do all they can when these senseless and horrific events occur, but they need help. Three weeks ago, a bipartisan group of 164 mayors in the U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter to Congress urging quick action on gun safety legislation, but again Congress has failed to act. We renew that call today. Congress must act now to save lives!”