NYC Public Advocate's Response To The Harlem Mass Shooting

June 20th, 2022

Press Release

"This morning our city is devastated by the news of another mass shooting, this one in Harlem, as nine New Yorkers were shot and a 21 year old young man killed. As the country marked Juneteenth, a historically Black neighborhood was reminded of the pain we still endure. As we marked Father's Day, families were left traumatized and grieving. I pray for the victims, for their families, for the entire community.

"Mass shootings are not all perpetrated by a single shooter who could be red flagged, not all committed with a semi-automatic weapon. Depending on where and how they happen, they may not even all make headlines. The two constants across mass shootings are the devastation left in their wake and the guns that lead to such loss.

"On both a federal and state level, we are finally seeing some incremental movement on measures that could help prevent the mass shootings that make national news. Alongside that work, we have a moral obligation to re-commit to the strategies that we know work to prevent the street level shootings, a constant presence oppressing communities that have seen too much violence, known too much pain, and are not asking too much in calls for urgent relief and transformational change."

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