Ruppersberger Issues Statement on New York City Terrorist Attack
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement on the tragic terrorist attack in New York City.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by this heinous and cowardly act of terrorism, and I would like to recognize the brave first responders who subdued the terrorist, and treated those who were injured.
This perpetrator was obviously a coward who was radicalized by extremist ideology – his goal was to inflict as much terror as possible on innocent civilians. We still don’t have all the facts, and the investigation is ongoing. The perpetrator’s family members need to be interviewed to see if they were aware of his radicalization, and if they were, they need to be held accountable. We have to remember that vigilant and united communities are one of the most effective deterrents for these sorts of attacks.
We need to do everything we can to make sure our intelligence community and law enforcement agencies have the resources they need and are able to share threat information as quickly as possible. You will never have a 100% guarantee that we can stop all attacks, citizens must remain vigilant and we need to do everything we can to fight back against extremist ideology. ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory in the Middle East, and they will be escalating their digital campaign against the West where they try to radicalize as many as possible through social media and other digital mediums.
While this attack is tragic, we should be inspired by the resiliency of the citizens of New York City. Less than two hours after the attack, Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and thousands of New Yorkers lined the streets to celebrate Halloween with family and friends. We must always remember that if we allow these attacks to change our lives, the terrorists have already won.”