In Response to the Mass Shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio
by Valentina Stackl
August 5, 2019
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In response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Greenpeace Executive Director Annie Leonard said:
“Our hearts are broken by the tragic, hate-fueled terrorist attacks in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. At least 31 parents, neighbors, friends, and family members have been senselessly killed, and this is just from the past few days. There have been over 250 mass shootings in the United States alone in 2019, all adding to the terrible toll. So many of these killings are undeniably fueled by xenophobia, white supremacy, and the racist rhetoric by those in power. We are in solidarity with the victims, their families, and the impacted communities.
“White supremacy must be actively dismantled wherever it exists, and deadly assault weapons must be kept out of the hands of white supremacists. Congress must take action as soon as its back in session to stop these attacks from happening. We need stronger gun laws and a real plan to tackle these virulent ideologies. Similar to the clean energy revolution, we can look at other countries around the world and see that there are sensible steps we can take to tackle these challenges.
“Greenpeace will continue to work with other advocacy groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Million Hoodies Movement for Justice who are actively resisting the spread of gun violence and violent white supremacy.
“We cannot have the green and peaceful future we all hope for without confronting gun violence and white supremacy head on. We need a permanent solution to the gun violence epidemic now. Our lives depend on it.”
Valentina Stackl, Senior Communications Specialist, +1 (734) 276 6260, [email protected]