In the wake of another gut-wrenching tragedy, we extend our deepest condolences to the community of Roseburg, Oregon. And yet, as spoken so truly by President Obama:
“Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America — next week, or a couple months from now.”
Gun violence is everyone’s issue. If you work in gang violence, domestic violence, community violence, mental health, substance abuse, school discipline, or youth justice, the fact is guns are killing our young people and traumatizing our communities. Whether in Tucson, Aurora, New York, Sandy Hook, Santa Barbara, or Los Angeles, we cannot lose our sense of outrage, nor our courage to act, together, to make a change.
As you view the video by Andy Vasquez that won the Tony Borbon Youth Scholarship Award at our 2015 Angel of Peace Luncheon, know that we are not talking about one less, we are talking about ten less, one hundred less, three thousand less.
It is not enough to extend condolences. We must take action. Join our gun violence prevention network to stay up to date on upcoming action.