FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2022
Elyssa Pachico | +1 503 347 23 29 | [email protected]
Myneilles Negron | +1 703 585 6727 | [email protected]
The latest mass shooting episode, which occurred in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, took the lives of at least 21 people, 19 of them children in the fourth grade. This horrific tragedy is not an isolated event: it took place about 10 days after a white supremacist-driven mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, about a week after a shooting in a church in California, and about 10 years after a similar mass shooting in Newton, Connecticut.
In response to this massacre, Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, issued the following statement:
“Our hearts go out to the parents, relatives, and friends of the 21 victims of the mass shooting that took place in Uvalde, Texas, a town of less than 16,000 inhabitants, and where 78 percent of the population is of Mexican and/or Latin American origin.
“This tragic event reminds us of the urgent need to effectively restrict access to weapons. It is all too easy to purchase lethal weapons that are consistently used in mass shootings. It should be a no-brainer in terms of realizing that unless this public policy failure is corrected, shootings will continue to bring sadness and sorrow to more families.
“Another clear area of systemic failure is the lack of access to comprehensive social and health care services for everyone, especially mental health services. This is another common denominator in mass shootings. Preventive mental health services, properly and widely deployed, would have a crucial role in responding to the needs and treatment of individuals who resort to violence.
“Lastly, we must put an end to the culture of violence that gets to be continuously glorified and promoted as a valid way to solve real or perceived problems.
“The tragedy in Uvalde should drive us to be unified in demanding concrete public policy changes. Our elected officials, who are the employees of the people, must ensure the well-being of people in communities across the nation. Elected officials from all colors and stripes must demonstrate, not with words, but with decisive actions, on whose side they stand.
“We have an election coming up next November. Elected officials who do not serve the interest of communities should be voted out of office. Finally, we must also work harder to educate and organize communities to be better prepared to protect and advance our civic duties, as well as to be vigilant of our collective well-being.”