Provo, UT – Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement in light of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton this weekend:

“There are no easy answers to gun violence, but there are many areas of common ground. We should all feel emboldened to condemn extremism within our own borders, to call out hate, and to take on the insidious influence of white supremacy with the same fervor we attack all other forms of terrorism.

In recent years Congress has taken meaningful steps to strengthen the national background check system and give our local communities—particularly in Utah— the resources they need to address violence in our education system. More progress is clearly needed, but this consensus has been an important start. I’ve held school safety summits in Utah, cosponsored red flag legislation to keep guns away from people we all agree should not have them. I continue to stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find real, good-faith solutions to these devastating problems.”