Last weekend, multiple communities made national headlines because of the gruesome acts of gunmen who set out to kill as many people as possible through violence. This followed a mass shooting over a week ago in Brownsville, Brooklyn where 12 people were shot at an annual community festival.
In El Paso, TX, 22 people were shot and killed after a deranged gunman with disturbing white supremacist views walked into a Walmart and — armed with an AK-47-style assault rifle and extra magazines — opened fire. In Dayton, OH, 9 were killed when a gunman in full body armor went to a popular entertainment district and opened fire indiscriminately. And in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, police are actively investigating another mass shooting which took place last weekend — two men and two women were shot while attending a community vigil.
My heart aches for those communities, and for the families and friends of the victims. But instead of simply offering thoughts and prayers, I’m demanding action from Congress. It’s time that they show some courage and pass common-sense gun laws for ALL of our communities.
In the United States, there have already been 250 recorded mass shootings — no other nation in the developed world has more than 3. Our gun violence crisis requires a concerted effort to holistically deal with the supply and demand of guns. It requires that we regulate the gun industry the same way we regulated the automotive industry in the 1960’s: Research the problem in full, legislate and regulate where necessary, and commit to a grassroots, wholesale change in attitude around gun safety in this country.
I’m saying we need ACTION and NOW, and I want you to stand with me in calling for a change in how the United States responds to the public health crisis that is gun violence.