Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield and House Majority Whip, gives us his response to the Boston Marathon bombings. In his words:
"This week, we were stunned by a ruthless and cowardly act of terrorism in Boston. On Massachusetts’ state holiday Patriots’ Day – a day that recognizes the sacrifices of our ancestors to establish a free society – the freedom to live in peace was viciously attacked. Thousands of people from around the world participated in the Boston Marathon, including at least 12 people from However, we tragically lost an 8 year old boy, a young woman, and an exchange student from China who were all partaking in the festivities of the day. And now, an innocent officer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Judy and I share our thoughts and with those families whose lives have been forever changed.
Bakersfield. Thankfully, all have been safely accounted for.
"As our country comes together to pray for those who were killed and those who were injured, and we see the horrific video of the bombing, we cannot forget the resolute spirit of America. When we watch those individuals run to those in need, not thinking of what could happen to themselves, we see that spirit is going to unite this country. It is that spirit that we heard as a thunderous crowd sang our National Anthem before the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres hockey game this week. It is that spirit that has united us in times of crisis in the past, and is certainly what unites us behind Boston now.
"One thing is certain - the walls of American resolve have been tested before, and our strength does not crack. Terrorism on our homeland seeks to instill fear and panic into the daily lives of the American people. We will not let that happen. All necessary resources have been committed to make sure the perpetrators are found and brought to justice, and to begin to heal Boston and the rest of the country.