Mazzoni joins with other LGBTQ and Gun-Violence Protection Groups in calling for more gun restrictions
Mazzoni Center is proud to join with more than 50 organizations dedicated to LGBTQ equality and/or gun violence protections from around the U.S. in taking a stand against gun violence.
In an open letter posted by the Arcus Foundation, and circulated on a number of websites, this coalition of agencies points out that the June 12 massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which took the lives of 49 people, underscores “how vulnerable LGBTQ communities are to hate-filled violence, especially LGBTQ communities of color.”
The majority of people killed in the Orlando shooting - the worst mass shooting in U.S. history - were Puerto Rican and Latinx.
The letter is co-signed by organizations including: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence United with The Million Mom March, Equality Pennsylvania, Everytown for Gun Safety, Lambda Legal, the National Black Justice Coalition, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and NMAC: National Minority AIDS Council.
It proclaims that:
… any solutions to the problem of hate violence, including anti-LGBTQ violence, must address that alarmingly easy access that bigots have to [firearms].We recognize the need to address the bigotry that motivates acts of violence toward LGBTQ people, and we also recognize that such violence is far more deadline when carried out with firearms.
Mazzoni Center CEO Nurit Shein said, “There is no question that gun violence represents a significant threat to all Americans, and that it has a disproportionate impact on poor communities and communities of color in the United States.”
“As an organization dedicated to protecting the health of those we serve, it is imperative that we recognize the severity of this crisis, and take whatever steps we can to end it,” Shein said.
Days after the Orlando shooting, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted policy calling gun violence in the United States "a public health crisis" requiring a comprehensive public health response and solution. The AMA resolved to actively lobby Congress to overturn legislation that for 20 years has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from researching gun violence.
The open letter signed by Mazzoni and the other agencies calls on Congress to enact laws that will require criminal background checks on all gun sales (including gun shows and online); and to prevent known and suspected terrorists and those convicted of violent hate crimes from legally buying guns.
Read the full text of the open letter here.