AAMA Statement on String of Mass Shootings

Published on June 02, 2022

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas and president of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) released the following statement in response to yesterday’s shootings in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and California:

“It is an abhorrent reality in America that it feels you can’t go anywhere without the possibility of being gunned down. As we learned of the mass shooting at the medical office in Tulsa, OK, other shootings unfolded at a Walmart in Pennsylvania and a school in California. While the details continue to emerge, we know that there is something our country can do – we must put pressure on lawmakers to embrace and pass sensible gun reforms.

“Within the last few weeks alone, our country has experienced one mass shooting after another. Just eight days ago, 19 children and two adults were gunned down at a school in Uvalde, Texas, and just 18 days ago a racist gunman targeted Black people in a Buffalo, NY supermarket and killed 10 people. Now, sadly, we add Tulsa, Oklahoma to this list with four people killed in a medical center there.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and first responders affected by all of these tragedies. Beyond prayers, my colleagues and I are committed to taking action to make it harder for people to access weapons of war like military-style automatic weapons.”

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The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization exclusively representing over 500 African-American mayors across the United States. AAMA seeks to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.

 

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