Statement on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio
Washington, D.C. – Following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, JWI CEO Lori Weinstein issued the following statement:
“There are no words, and yet, we are in a time that demands we find our voice. The mass murder of hundreds of men, women, and children - most recently in El Paso and Dayton - devastates families and communities across the country and breaks the hearts of us all. The divisive and hateful rhetoric of our President and the Senate’s failure to enact gun violence prevention policies must lead us, once again, to demand change. We implore the Senate to take action immediately to mandate background checks for all gun sales, ban assault weapons, and make sure no violent person, nor individual in crisis is able to purchase a firearm – their inaction makes them complicit in these massacres.”
Jewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls domestically and internationally. JWI is a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and an active member of the Religious Advocates Working Group (RAWG), and the Small Lobby coalition convened by Planned Parenthood Federation. JWI’s advocacy efforts focus on the passage of legislation that supports women and girls, ensures their economic security, and protects their right to live free of violence.
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