Congressman Scott Peters called for action against gun violence and led a moment of silence honoring Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting victims in the House of Representatives on Monday.
“I’m going to ask for a moment of silence, but we must follow it with action,” Peters said. “We must act against gun violence, and we must come together to stop the rising tide of white supremacy that plagues our nation today.”
The shooting took place during the final day of Passover when John T. Earnest, a 19-year-old suspect from Rancho Penasquitos, allegedly entered the synagogue and opened fire. Peters spoke to the House of slain victim Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, who died while trying to block bullets from hitting Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, 57.
“Lori Gilbert-Kaye died while selflessly trying to protect her Rabbi from the gunman,” Peters said. “She is recalled as a faith-filled, generous, caregiver who put others before self. Lori died as she lived.”
The moment of silence came a day after Peters attended an event for Holocaust survivors.
“As I watched these brave men and women who survived Nazi Germany, I was confronted with the tragic realization that, today, in 2019, Jews are still being threatened by murderous white supremacists,” Peters said.