Lauren Footman in NJToday.net

Five dead, 22 injured one day of gun violence in America

“Our nation has mourned the past week following the highly publicized shootings in Atlanta and Boulder,” said Lauren Footman, CCSGV director of Outreach and Equity, who is based in Greater Philadelphia. “We saw a return to the all too familiar media coverage and to the back and forth political football debate about our nation’s gun violence epidemic.”

“If the past is prologue, the next step of the process is the media moving on to the next topic du jour and the American public losing interest in the issue until the next mass casualty shooting tragedy unfortunately and inevitability occurs. As an organization and as a nation, we must not let that happen,” said Footman.

“Neither Virginia Beach nor Philadelphia or Chicago will trend as hashtags with the word ‘strong’ attached to them. Flags across the nation will not fly at half-mast to remember the lives killed in these shootings, or in shootings in other cities across the nation,” saidFootman. “Three people are dead and multiple others remain in critical and life-threatening conditions this morning. These are not statistics, they are Americans.”

“And they are a reminder that this debate and the absolute need for true policy discussions around the ease and availability of guns, meaningful violence interruption program investments at the local, state, federal level, and a nationwide framework of strong evidence-based policies put into law to reduce gun violence and save lives,” said Footman.

“The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is one of many gun violence prevention and social justice organizations to sign on to a letter calling on the Biden administration to not hesitate and take immediate action on gun violence prevention. We are encouraged by preliminary reports of executive orders being readied by the president’s team — including a national investment in violence interruption programs and policies. But we must do more.

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