Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
If any member of our community bleeds, all of us bleed.
If any member of our community weeps, all of us weep.
- J. Alfred Smith Sr., Pastor Emeritus
Allen Temple Baptist Church
Our sincere condolences go out to everyone impacted by Monday’s horrific mass shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, which left seven people dead and three others injured. This tragedy is the third mass killing in California in less than a year, occurring only six months after the rampages in Cupertino and Seal Beach. It’s also the latest incident of gun violence to stun a nation still reeling from the senseless death of Trayvon Martin and the school shooting in Chardon, Ohio in February.
Today we stand with Oakland, as families, educators, and a city grieve for those lost in the worst mass shooting in the Bay Area since the tragic shooting at a law firm in 1993. That year, the legal community stood with the survivors of the 101 California Street shooting and out of that tragedy, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence emerged.
Since LCPGV’s formation, we’ve worked hard to prevent these tragedies in California and across the country, and we encourage you to stand with us today just as the legal community did in 1993.
Amid the mourning, terrible events like Monday’s shooting provoke in all of us a sense of outrage at the epidemic of gun violence that plagues America. Every day, 85 people die from gun violence, in homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings nationwide.
We need your help to bring an end to this epidemic. READ MORE »