Statement from Mayor Bowser on President Biden’s Executive Actions to Address the Nation’s Gun Violence Public Health Epidemic
Washington, DC (STL.News) Mayor Muriel Bowser attended President Biden’s announcement at the White House regarding initial actions the Biden-Harris Administration is taking to address the nation’s gun violence public health epidemic. In response to the announcement, the Mayor released the following statement:
“Many communities across the nation, including Washington, DC, continue to be burdened by two simultaneous public health emergencies. The first is the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit our Black and Latino communities the hardest. The second is the gun-related violence that continues to devastate many of those same communities. Even in 2020, when much of the country shut down for weeks at a time, deaths from gun violence reached historic levels. Americans of all backgrounds and ages are desperate for change.
“We hear all too frequently about mass shootings in cities and towns across America. But in cities like DC, every day, we are losing fathers and sons, husbands and boyfriends, mothers and daughters, and beloved community members to gun violence. Families are being destroyed when petty arguments are settled through lethal gun violence, when children are just running into the store for a snack but shot and killed on their way through the door, when a father is driving his children home and a bullet comes through his car window and takes the life of his precious baby, still strapped in his car seat.