Congressman Cleaver Releases Statement Regarding Church Mass Shooting in Texas

Nov 6, 2017
Comment from Cleaver

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released a statement following the tragic mass shooting Sunday at The First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

“When these horrific mass shootings take place over and over again, it leaves me empty and numb, but it also motivates me more than ever to demand change. The repetitive outcomes of innocent lives taken without reason, in cities and towns just like yours and mine, move me to fight for something different. I know this town, Sutherland Springs, Texas. It is not too far from where I grew up in Waxahachie. I remember going to my Sunday service, feeling safe, feeling happy. No one should feel anything less in a place of worship. Now is not the time to remain silent. Each time we put off the discussion, or wait for “another time” to talk about solutions, another senseless attack occurs. According to Gun Violence Archive, there have been 307 mass shootings across the United States just this year. Unless we do something different, unless we open the door to begin to talk about what can be done, these mass shootings will unfortunately become the norm of society.”

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05)

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or