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Published on May 25, 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 the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas:
“I join my colleagues across the country to offer our collective prayers and condolences for the families of the innocent teacher and children killed in today’s horrific and tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas. We are sickened by this news, and hope and pray for a swift recovery for the wounded. We also offer our deepest gratitude to the police officers, first responders, and hospital personnel supporting them.
“As we mourn the lives lost to this senseless act, we also recognize that prayers without actions are poems. Today’s tragedy comes barely one week after the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, NY. The time for decisive action on gun safety policies is now. Although details about the shooter and circumstances of today’s tragedy are emerging, it could not be clearer that common sense gun reform legislation is long overdue. Policymakers at all levels must come together to advance policies that can finally end gun violence in our communities. Our country needs Congress to take meaningful action to protect us all, especially our children.”
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.