The National Health Law Program is heartbroken, disgusted, and enraged by Sunday’s shooting in a Taiwanese Church in Orange County, California. The shooter killed one and injured five people and appears to have targeted people based on their Taiwanese identity. We grieve with the family of Dr. John Cheng, who was killed by this act of hateful violence in a place that is supposed to be sacred and safe. We are angry at the number of hate-motivated incidents of gun violence, like this one, we have witnessed just this year, and for many years. We refuse to accept these tragedies as normal in our grocery stores, our schools, our houses of worship, or anywhere in our communities.
At NHeLP, we remain committed to doing our part to end violence and hate. We reaffirm that gun violence is a public health crisis, and call on federal and state lawmakers to invest in systemic solutions. We stand in solidarity with the Taiwanese-American community, especially those in Laguna Woods.