Only In America_Another Mass Shooting_Do Something_
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
ONLY IN AMERICA - ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING – DO SOMETHING
Statement By Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Chicago, Il -- Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) spoke for me today when he took the floor of the Senate and said essentially the following, “Why are you here? If it’s not to solve this problem of the mass shooting of our children, why are you here? Why do you put yourself through all of the trouble of getting to this prestigious position if it’s not to do something about this?”
Republicans will submit that their “hearts are broken,” and they will offer their “thoughts and prayers and sorrow that this happened and pray that it will never happen again.” But it’s almost guaranteed they won’t do anything. Around 90 percent of the American people support basic legislation about assault weapons, background checks, concern about people with mental health issues, and denying terrorists access to guns, but Republicans refuse to even try to reach common ground on the issue.
There is no single solution. Even the best and most comprehensive legislation will not end mass killings tomorrow, but these Republicans in Congress aren’t willing to do anything!
The last victims of the shooting in Buffalo have not even been buried yet but another mass shooting has occurred in Uvalde, Texas killing 19 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders, two female teachers, and the shooter, who shot his grandmother before he went on the rampage at Robb Elementary School.
For something to be called a mass shooting at least four people have to be killed or wounded. Leading up to Buffalo, New York there had been 198 mass shootings in the United States this year, an average of about ten per week. The total is now 212. No place else in the world is there such mayhem! Americans have 400 million guns and growing.
To close we should be reminded of Sen. Murphy’s basic point - CONGRESS DO SOMETHING!!
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.