Three mass shootings rocked the nation in less than one week, resulting in over 40 innocent lives being violently ripped from their families and more than 70 injured. Las Vegas knows all too well what a mass shooting can do to a community, the effects of the October 1st Route 91 massacre are still fresh in the minds and lives of our members who survived the shooting. Make the Road Nevada mourns the lives lost in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California. Along with the shootings in Southaven, Mississippi and Chicago, Illinois that happened with in the same week.
This President’s rhetoric plays a dangerous role in how people in our country see one another and how we treat each other, the responsibility for eliminating this kind of hatred and racism is on all of us. We must all speak out against violence, we must all speak out against white supremacy, we must all speak out against racism, we must all speak out against xenophobia, and we must do this because the future of our union depends on it.
Congress must pass common-sense gun safety laws immediately, the NRA should not dictate whether our families feel safe attending a music festival, at a food festival, or shopping for back to school supplies. Thoughts and prayers stopped being enough when schools stopped being a safe place for our children and when white supremacy was ushered into the White House. This cycle of violence must come to an end, no more broken families, no more candle-lit vigils, enough is enough.