Statement of the President of the NAACP San Diego Branch Regarding the Mass Murder at a Pittsburgh Synagogue

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27 October 2018

The NAACP San Diego Branch condemns in the strongest terms the violent acts of this morning which took the lives of 11 worshipers and injured multiple other individuals. We pray that God would comfort the families of these innocent victims of yet another senseless, vicious act of gun violence in the United States of America.

This vicious assault was the most lethal attack on Jews in the history of the United States of America. The realities of this day are heartbreaking, to say the least.  People of all faiths, races, and ethnicities cannot but be shocked, horrified, incensed and saddened at once in the face of this slaughter of innocent life.  Racism and hate must be condemned regardless of the identities of the perpetrators or victims.

Responding to killing with more killing is not the answer. The death penalty is not the answer to gun violence.  Sweeping gun law legislation is what is needed now.

We call on the President of the United States to cease and desist from his hate speech—period.

In plain and simple language, we call on the Houses of Congress in the United States to take decisive, unified action to enact legislation that would help to prevent these acts of carnage on unsuspecting, innocent victims in our country. No private citizen should be able to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle. AR-15 assault rifles are weapons of war. As a first step, Congress should take the reasonable action of requiring thorough background checks—including, but not limited to, social media sites—as a minimum requirement for the purchase of firearms of any kind, at venue where firearms are sold. Moreover, there should be a waiting period of at least three business days before a firearm can be delivered to a buyer. We call on the Houses of Congress to move swiftly on this legislation on the first day that they are back in session in order to stop the proliferation of guns and gun violence in the United States of America.

André J. Branch, Ph.D.
NAACP San Diego Branch