National, local Urban League support President’s Executive Actions on gun violence

A statement from Marc Morial, National Urban League President and CEO:

President Barack Obama announced his new Executive Actions to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer in a hard-hitting and emotional speech at the White House on Tuesday. (A summary chart can be found at the end of this file.)

In response, I have issued the following statement outlining the National Urban League’s strong support of the President’s courageous actions:

The Urban League Movement is all too familiar with the fact that gun violence is undeniably one of the worst public health crises in American history. Despite the fact that, on average more than 32,000 people in the United States die from gun violence every year – where more than 17,000 of them are children – our elected leaders remain woefully unresponsive. During his announcement, President Obama also emphasized the limits to the actions that he can take in the Executive Branch and the need for further action by Congress. He also called upon every American to speak out and call upon their members of Congress to address those gaps in our country’s gun laws that can only be fixed through legislation.

Call to Action: With our affiliate communities especially impacted by gun violence and its tremendous physical, emotional and health consequences, Urban League affiliate CEOs are keenly poised to advocate not only in support of the President’s actions, but to hold federal, state and local officials accountable to helping stem this crisis. Suggested actions can include:

 Editorials in local newspapers.
 Letters to your Senators and Representatives.
 Sending letters and setting up meetings with your Governor; County Officials; Mayor; and State Legislators.
 Holding community meetings.
 Getting on radio and TV shows.
 Using social media.
 Passing affiliate Board Resolutions.

This ends Mr. Morial’s statement.

On Wednesday morning, Donna Jones Baker, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, released the following statement:

“The communities of Cincinnati and Dayton are painfully and all-too-familiar with the scourge of gun violence on our streets,” Baker said. “We support the letter and spirit of President Obama’s Executive Actions on gun violence and urge our elected legislators in Congress to act in concert with the President.

“The Urban League in Cincinnati and Dayton, which for decades has worked to improve economic and social conditions in our neighborhoods, stands in support of the National Urban League in its resounding call to action.”

On Jan. 5, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the number of people getting shot in Cincinnati in 2015 increased 28 percent from the previous year.

In 2015, 479 people were shot, the most since 2006 when 510 people were wounded by gunfire, the newspaper reported. Also in 2015, the city recorded 71 homicides, up 13 percent from 2014, but still lower than the record high of 88 homicides in 2006.

In 2015, the most shootings occurred in Avondale (52), followed by Westwood (46), Walnut Hills (38), and Over-the-Rhine (36), The Enquirer reported.

Here is a chart explaining the contents of the President’s Executive Actions on gun violence:


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