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APHA grieves the loss of so many innocent lives in Texas elementary school shooting

May 24, 2022 11:08 AM | Anonymous

Contact: Media Relations, 202-777-3913

Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD

“The American Public Health Association shares in the shock and devastation felt by families and loved ones of the more than 18 lives taken by gun violence in Uvalde, Texas today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and we hope they receive the support they need to grieve and deal with this horrible attack.

This carnage must end, because we’ve seen this all too often. This is the 27th school shooting this year. Expanding beyond schools, we’ve had more than 198 mass shootings in 2022. As a society, we deserve better. Our leaders must act now and implement the many proven commonsense solutions that will reduce the risks of these horrendous acts of violence.

Gun violence is preventable and we don’t have a moment to wait. The safety of our children is at stake.”

Visit APHA’s website for resources addressing gun violence prevention.


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