"As seen through the murders of countless innocent victims in Newtown, Charleston, Fort Hood, Binghamton, Oak Creek, Navy Yard, and others that never make media, every year more than 30,000 Americans fall victim to gun violence in the form of suicides, shootings, domestic violence, and mass shootings etc,” said Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President. “Too many families are losing loved ones as a result of senseless gun violence. The pain they must endure every day and the rehabilitation process these individuals face consequently needs to be addressed through mental health and gun prevention methods to stop the cycle of violence."
“Contrary to what Republicans believe, President Obama’s Executive Action does not intrude on the 2nd amendment right of Americans - it only creates a more accountable system for people to responsibly purchase firearms. When has the safety of people across the country become a partisan political issue where GOP Members of Congress threaten to block any form of gun violence control?” said Gregory Cendana, APALA National Executive Director. “We must be reminded that only Congress will be able to pass legislation to take preventative measures to stop the gun violence crisis in America. APALA fully supports these common sense urgent efforts to stop #StopGunViolence and will continue to organize to end all forms of mass criminalization in our communities, particularly for people of color."