APHA grieves mass shooting in Pittsburgh, an unconscionable act of violence and hate

Date: Oct 29 2018

Contact: David Fouse, 202-777-2501

Statement by APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Washington, D.C., October 29, 2018 – "APHA is profoundly saddened by the mass shooting that took the lives of 11 people and injured others in Pittsburgh on Saturday. We share the enormous burden of grief with the families and community that have been devastated by this unconscionable act of violence and terror.

"It is particularly troubling that this event appears motivated by hate. Fueled by fear, anger, resentment or ignorance, hate is often a driving force behind violence, a leading cause of preventable injury and death. We can and must do better.

"We call on our nation’s leaders to join us in speaking out against hatred, bigotry and incivility in all forms and work toward solutions that promote tolerance, justice and peace. We also call for immediate action to address the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our nation. Mass shootings, in particular, have become all too common in our society and place an enormous toll on our nation’s health.

"APHA and the public health community are eager to help identify and implement solutions to prevent violence, reduce injury and promote health for all.”


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