WASHINGTON – Mourning the tragic deaths of five Dallas police officers, the executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Josh Horwitz, issued the following statement noting the role of the gun lobby in perpetuating the cultural climate of circular fear in which guns, including highly lethal assault weapons, have become ever-present in this country:
“Today my heart is breaking for the law enforcement community in Dallas as we struggle to grapple with the deaths of the five officers who were shot and killed, and the wounding of nine other individuals, including two civilians, after a peaceful protest.
The tragedy in Dallas comes as we all continue to struggle to understand the circumstances that led to Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota being shot by police.
Everyday we struggle to understand how elected officials idly sit by as 90 more Americans are killed with guns.
There is one thing that I am not struggling with today, however. One thing that I know for sure and that is this: The ubiquitous presence of firearms in our society, brought to us by the NRA, is a disaster.
Over the next hours, days and weeks, we will learn more facts about all of these incidents, the broader systemic problems that create the space for these incidents, and debate what needs to change. We look forward to that discussion, but for today we mourn for the American family that has lost so many members because of easy access to lethal firearms.”