(Washington, DC) On behalf of the 500 African American mayors across the country, Toni Harp, Mayor of New Haven, CT and President of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA), released the following statement in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas:
“I join 500 African American mayors across the country to offer condolences for the families of the 58 innocents killed in this week’s Las Vegas shooting. We hope and pray for a swift recovery for the more than 500 injured. Also, we offer our deepest gratitude to the police officers, first responders, hospital personnel and everyday citizens whose swift and caring action saved lives.
“While we keep these families and victims in our thoughts and prayers, this is also a time for firm conviction and decisive action. Las Vegas was the 8th mass shooting this year, and the 162nd since 2009. Comprehensive gun reform legislation, that increases public safety while respecting constitutional freedoms, is long overdue. Congress should start by voting against the SHARE Act, which would make it easier to purchase gun silencers, and by passing legislation to ban gun parts that give semi-automatic weapons the same lethality as automatic ones. As always, mayors will continue the fight to make our cities safer. Enough is enough.”