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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after the deadly shooting in Roseburg, Ore.:

“Roseburg today joined a growing fraternity of heartbroken cities. Students brutally murdered in Columbine, Newtown, Isla Vista and Blacksburg. Theatergoers shot to death in Aurora. Churchgoers killed in Charleston. And public servants gunned down in Tucson, Fort Hood and Washington.

“The common element of each mass shooting—aside from shattered families and communities—is a mentally unstable individual with easy access to deadly weapons.

“After each shooting, I’ve been hopeful that Congress would act to close the gun show loophole, mandate universal background checks and remove high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons from our streets.

“But each time the will of the American public, who overwhelmingly support reform, is trumped by politics. Rather than taking real action, Congress remains hostage to the gun lobby. And that is the undeniable truth.

“The reality is that the public wants action. They want laws that keep guns out of the hands of criminals, juveniles and the mentally ill. They want laws that force all gun purchasers, including those at gun shows and online, to undergo background checks. They want responsible, commonsense reform.

“And time after time, Congress refuses to take action.

“I once again stand ready to join with my colleagues to try to end this scourge of violence. As President Obama said, the United States is the only country that so frequently suffers these deadly attacks. It’s long overdue that we do something to end this terrible epidemic.”

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