There have been more mass shootings than days in 2019*

We’ve held countless candlelight vigils, marched and demanded change yet little is being done to enact sensible gun laws in our nation. We condemn the acts of domestic terrorism in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton and we stand with the National Urban League’s policy recommendation to renew the assault weapons ban and to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. As citizens, we have the right to insist on a government that prioritizes the end of senseless and preventable acts of violence in our communities so that our grocery stores, schools, airports, churches, parks, and neighborhoods are safer for our families.

Our hearts are heavy for those who lost loved ones last week and we continue to pray for their healing. And while the issue of mental health continues to surface, let us also pray for all mass shooting survivors who are forced to relive their trauma through these violent events and unable to heal.

*The number of mass shootings across the U.S. so far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year, according to a gun violence research group.