Statement from PAGV Co-Chairs Darcel D. Clark and Joyce Dudley

Our firm is a long-time member of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV)a nonpartisan group of leading prosecutors from across the country who focus on gun violence prevention strategies ranging from policy advocacy to improving enforcement of existing laws. We stand united in the face of the horrific attacks in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, and we associate ourselves with these statements.

Statement from the PAGV Co-Chairs on the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas:

By Darcel D. Clark and Joyce Dudley,

Once again, as a nation, we mourn the massacre of children in a school. Again, the mass shooter is an 18-year-old who walked into a store and legally purchased two assault rifles and hundreds of cartridges, which he unleashed in a classroom at Robb Elementary yesterday. School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 people. children and 2 teachers while injuring at least 15 other people.

Authorities have yet to give a reason, but whatever the reason for the shooter’s horrific actions, the problem remains that assault weapons and high-capacity magazines allowed someone to kill and maim many human beings in minutes or even seconds. These instruments of death must be prohibited to anyone other than the military or law enforcement. We must act now to end the carnage in classrooms, supermarkets, cinemas and everywhere else in America. There are not enough prayers or words to comfort families, classmates and teachers. Right now we need more than words, we need action.

Statement from the PAGV Co-Chairs on the Mass Shooting in Buffalo:

The atrocity in Buffalo that claimed the lives of ten people and injured three others is as maddening as it is heartbreaking. The world feels pain for the families who have lost loved ones and we pray for the healing of the survivors in Buffalo.

This tragedy combines the absurdity that someone too young to buy cigarettes can legally buy an assault rifle; lax background checks that allowed someone with documented mental health issues to have such a weapon; and worst of all, the racist hatred fueled online by media outlets that incite such violence.

The 18-year-old shooter attributed to the “replacement theory” the fear that our country’s white population will be supplanted by people of color.

He chose the particular area of ​​Buffalo because of its black population and allegedly slaughtered them because of their race.

He was referred for mental health counseling less than a year ago when he threatened at his high school to shoot his fellow students. His parents knew he had recently purchased three guns, and they knew he had already purchased the tactical gear worn yesterday.

We need to regulate guns and ban the sale of assault weapons to the general public without proper background checks, including mental health.

It is more urgent than ever because mass shootings are increasingly a matter of racial hatred, an abomination that has unfortunately become all too common in this country.