Stop Gun Violence!
Stop Gun Violence!
On Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4, America suffered through its 250th and 251st mass shooting of 2019. At least 31 people lost their lives and more than 50 others were directly injured from the two incidents in Texas and Ohio. However, the indirect impact of this violence was felt by every person across this country.
Mass shootings and widespread community gun violence are far greater in the United States than other nations. America cannot be great and realize its promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness if our communities are not safe from gun violence. Communities across the country are overcome by grief, sadness and fear, due to the daily incidents of gun violence. In Philadelphia we have loss 193 members of our community to gun violence. Chicago’s gun violence death’s rose to 293, with 7 people killed during the same weekend the mass shootings happened in Texas and Ohio.
We must work to prevent another family, community, city or state from suffering through yet another death, due to gun violence. Since 2003, Mothers In Charge, Inc. has been at the forefront of this issue. We have stood every day, consoling families who have lost their loved ones to gun violence. We have had enough! The time to change is NOW!
As we have been expressing to federal, state and local officials across this county since 2014, adopting a public health approach to protecting our country’s children as well as adults from gun violence is a common-sense strategy to ensure a safe and prosperous future for our country. This approach involves three levels of prevention: (1) universal approaches promoting safety and well-being for everyone; (2) practices for reducing risk and promoting protective factors for persons experiencing difficulties; and (3) interventions for individuals where violence is present or appears imminent.
It’s time for federal, state and local authorities to take immediate action to enact a public health response and provide adequate resources for effective implementation. We call on law enforcement, mental health, and educational agencies to begin actions supporting these prevention efforts. We are demanding that our nation’s leaders do what it takes to enact common sense solutions to save lives.
We ask all parents, youth, community leaders, clergy, and organizational leaders to join efforts advocating for these changes, and we urge voters to elect representatives who will take effective action to prevent gun violence in our nation.
Please stand with Mothers In Charge, Inc. and support us by signing our petition to have gun violence deemed a National Public Health Crisis!
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