Philadelphia, Oct. 2, 2017 – Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) on Monday issued the following statement on Sunday’s tragic mass shooting in Nevada:
“More than 50 people are dead this morning because once again, someone who had no business having access to a gun, got access to a gun. I am praying for the murdered, for the recovery of the more than 400 people injured, and for the hundreds of people who knew and loved these victims.
“Like millions of Americans today, I am both heartbroken and angry. I’m angry that the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world cannot muster the political will to regulate the manufacture, sale, and trafficking of deadly weapons. Most people have no business owning a weapon manufactured for war — let alone ten, as were reportedly found by law enforcement in the gunman’s hotel room.
“Thoughts and prayers will not bring back those lost to us in this national epidemic, but we can prevent more shootings and tragedies by taking action today and every day. That means keeping in regular contact with your state and congressional representatives, and making yourself heard on gun-related bills – particularly bills backed by the National Rifle Association.”
“Here in Philadelphia, we have gone as far as to sue our governor and state legislature over their inaction on gun violence. Last summer, City Council convened a Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention, which will hold hearings and make recommendations on additional courses of action. More than 800 people have been victimized by gun violence in Philadelphia so far this year. Living in terror of random gun violence in our concert venues, movie theaters, and schools is not freedom. I urge everyone with a caring heart to join us in the fight for common sense gun regulations and safety for all.”
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Council President Darrell L. Clarke is serving his second term as the President of Philadelphia City Council. He represents Philadelphia’s 5th Council District. More information at phlcouncil.com/DarrellClarke