Following the February 13 mass shooting on the campus of Michigan State University, Amnesty International USA’s Program Director for Ending Gun Violence, Ernest Coverson, issued the following statement:
“Yesterday’s shooting in Michigan, which killed three and critically injured five, marks another horrific gun incident on school grounds – places that should be sanctuaries for learning. We find ourselves offering condolences to families of victims taken by yet another senseless act of gun violence during a week slated for observation of three different mass shooting anniversaries.
“Gun violence is an epidemic fueled by a lack of common sense gun laws that could prevent unregulated gun access. We are only 45 days into 2023 and have already seen 67 mass shootings in the United States. This appalling epidemic continues to rage unchecked.
“Already this year is set to significantly outpace others for mass shootings if trends continue. We are in a gun-related human rights crisis in the U.S. that could be prevented if our legislators passed laws to protect their constituents. Leaders can take action to help all communities, especially Black and Brown communities, who are 29.2 times more likely to die by gun homicide than their white counterparts.
“There must be action at the state level, and we are calling on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to prioritize keeping our communities safe with rational gun laws that protect people trying to go about their everyday lives.
“Michigan state leaders must also help curb gun violence and do everything possible to prevent another mass shooting. Michigan needs common sense gun legislation and End Gun Violence Michigan, a coalition of 18 groups including local and national religious, medical, human rights, and other organizations such as Amnesty International USA, is calling for the state legislature to pass, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to sign common sense gun legislation in the first 100 days of the legislative session.”
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