Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the San Bernardino Attack

December 2, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) issued the following statement commemorating the one year anniversary of the attack on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California:


“One year ago today, our community was rocked by an act of senseless violence and hatred when 14 were brutally murdered and 22 were injured in the attack on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.  While this was an act of pure evil that can never be diminished or forgotten, I hope we all choose to also remember and focus on the way our community came together in the aftermath. The Inland Empire showed the world that we will never give into fear.  Instead, we stand together in solidarity, we support one another, and we lift each other up during our most trying time. 


“During events like this, it is easy to resort to scapegoating and reactionary measures that do little more than instill anxiety and distrust in our communities.  As a Member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I remain committed to working with our local law enforcement, community leaders, and federal agencies to ensure Congress provides the resources necessary to effectively prevent and respond to similar attacks and enacts policies that bring us together and truly help keep our communities safe. 


“My heart goes out to the victims, the families, and the IRC employees impacted by this horrific attack. Time may pass, and wounds may heal, but the tragedy you have suffered will not soon be forgotten.  Just as many of us stood together at vigils and ceremonies, we continue to stand with you today.”


Torres previously represented the City of San Bernardino in the California State Senate.