Orange, Calif. — Regarding a mass shooting in north Orange yesterday, Democratic Party of Orange County Chairwoman Ada Briceño released the following statement:

“Yesterday’s mass shooting in Orange leaves me heartbroken. We mourn for the victims, and we stand with all gun violence survivors retraumatized by this horrific crime. We stand with — and many of us are among — those who suffer the constant dread of gun violence in our homes, schools, places of worship, workplaces, parks — everywhere. 

“We suffer an unsustainable grief. While mourning yesterday’s shooting, we remain in mourning for victims in Atlanta and Boulder. Every community touched by gun violence is permanently scarred.

“Let’s call it what it is: Gun violence is a plague in America. Until we treat gun violence as a public health crisis, we will keep harming our communities through inaction. We demand action from our legislators now.”

About the Democratic Party of Orange County

Once famously known as “Reagan country” — President Reagan called Orange County the place where “all good Republicans go to die” — Orange County is rapidly shifting from a conservative Republican stronghold into a highly diverse Democratic metropolis.

Chairwoman Ada Briceño, a longtime labor organizer, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11, and Democratic National Committee member, is the first immigrant and second Latina to lead the Democratic Party of Orange County. Executive Director Ajay Mohan is the youngest person and first Indian-American in the party’s history to hold that position.

Orange County Democrats scored historic victories year after year in recent elections. In 2018, they famously swept all seven Congressional seats in Orange County. In 2019, Democrats overtook countywide voter registration to become the region’s leading political party. In 2020, Democrats flipped 20 local seats and two state senate seats from red to blue, including in deep-red areas of the county. Over the past four years, Democrats made a 5-point gain in voter registration, and now outpace the OC GOP by more than two points.

Orange County is the nation’s sixth largest county, with 3.2 million residents and more than 650,000 registered Democratic voters.

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