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Amnesty International USA Calls for Action Following Kentucky Bank Shooting

April 10, 2023

Responding to the shooting at a bank in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, Ernest Coverson, AIUSA director, gun violence prevention, said:

“Two weeks after the shooting that took place at a school in Nashville, we are again grieving the senseless loss of precious lives. We have witnessed 145 mass shootings in this country thus far. Gun violence is a human rights crisis and we must take the necessary actions to protect everyone no matter who they are.”

“Kentucky is a permitless carry state, and anyone over 21 can carry without a license. States like Kentucky, which allow relaxed laws regarding the purchase, possession and carrying of firearms, continue to put communities across this country in jeopardy of the type of violence that took place today.”

“We must address the United States’ gun violence human rights crisis. There needs to be congressional action to limit access to firearms, particularly assault weapons, which have been used in so many acts of horrific violence. Weapons of war do not belong in our communities . Amnesty International USA urges Congress to pass the Assault Weapons Ban and the Break the Cycle of Violence Act to create a national standard for gun regulation.”

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