FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2021
Rob Wilcox (LA), Rob.Wilcox@lacity.org
Joan Vollero (NY), VolleroJ@dany.nyc.gov
Joint Statement from PAGV Co-Chairs on Mass Shooting in Boulder, Colorado
“Together, as fellow Americans, we’ve got to do better than this. On the heels of the carnage in Atlanta last week, this morning we learned the names of the ten victims of yesterday’s massacre in Boulder—Tralona Bartkowiak, Suzanne Fountain, Teri Leiker, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray, Rikki Olds, Neven Stanisic, Denny Strong, Jody Waters and veteran police officer Eric Talley, a father of seven who was killed as he tried to protect innocent shoppers and store employees.
Our entire organization stands with Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, a Prosecutors Against Gun Violence member, in the days and weeks ahead. As a coalition focused on ending the gun violence epidemic, we know all too well that the laws in this country provide too few tools to combat tragedies such as this one. In an effort to bridge that gap, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence issued a first-of-its kind resource for Prosecutors, Mass Shooting Resource Guide: How to Protect, Prevent, and Prosecute. There is still so much more to be done.
As Senators on Capitol Hill debate long overdue gun violence prevention measures, we urge them in the strongest possible terms to choose, finally, to stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans who have had enough–enough with rising shootings, enough with needless bloodshed, enough with politicians who react to our nation’s gun violence epidemic only by wringing their hands and rehashing hollow expressions of sympathy.
This time, in the names of each of those gunned down in recent days–and all those whose lives have been lost or shattered in all-too-common daily shootings that garner less attention–it must be different.
Representing prosecutors from jurisdictions all across this country, we urge Congress to take action now on common sense gun violence prevention measures. As a starting point, we suggest acting on the recommendations Prosecutors Against Gun Violence has sent to President Biden, Vice President Harris and other national leaders.”
PAGV is an independent coalition of 46 prosecutors serving over 60-million people in 24 states working toward solutions to end gun violence. Co-chaired by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., the group brings together prosecutors to discuss policies, legislation, and strategies to help prevent and confront gun violence in their jurisdictions. Since 2014, PAGV has held a dozen national forums on a range of topics, from gun crimes committed in the home, to safe storage, to illegal firearms trafficking, to mass shootings. PAGV has issued a nationwide blueprint on removing guns from domestic abusers, and a resource guide on preventing mass shootings and prosecuting mass shooters. The organization has also filed amicus briefs in several important cases, including those pertaining to ghost guns and gun licensing.