«On behalf of our community, we send our prayers of healing and strength to Police Officer Daniel Vargas, who was shot in the line of duty in the Bronx. Last night’s shooting of Officer Vargas is a painful reminder of the larger systemic issue that we have in our nation with gun violence. Officer Vargas is in stable condition, but we have lost countless lives to senseless shootings in our community. It is unacceptable behavior that we must not only condemn but continue to fight against.
Last summer, I joined with elected officials, clergy, anti-gun violence organizations, and community leaders to rally against the plague of gun violence in our neighborhoods through Operation Save Our Sons and Sisters, and we must continue to advocate to eliminate the pandemic that is gun violence in our country.»