African American Mayors Statement on the Highland Park Mass Shooting

Published on July 05, 2022

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(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 an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois: 

“I join my colleagues across the country to offer our collective prayers and condolences for the families of the deceased and injured, and the greater Highland Park community. Devastatingly,  this was far from the only shooting in our country over the holiday weekend. At least a dozen other cities reported shootings yesterday, including a mass shooting just an hour away from Highland Park on the South Side of Chicago.  

“No community is immune to the uniquely American scourge of gun violence. America’s mayors are facing an uphill battle when we try supplementing federal regulations with local gun violence prevention measures. More must be done in our cities and at all levels of government to stop this madness. Not after November. Not by the end of the summer. Now. 

“The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the most significant gun safety legislation in three decades, was just signed into law by President Joe Biden one week ago. It is a significant step forward in addressing the gun violence epidemic in the U.S., but it was just one step. The African American Mayors Association is united in calling for bans on high capacity magazines and cracking down on ghost guns and manufacturers of unserialized “buy build shoot” kits”.“  




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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