Statement from PAGV Co-Chairs on Columbine High School Shooting Anniversary

April 20, 2022

Joint Statement from PAGV Co-Chairs Bronx DA Darcel D. Clark and Santa Barbara County DA Joyce Dudley:

Today marks 23 years since the massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Two teens armed with semi-automatic pistols and shotguns held the school under siege for 49 minutes, firing 188 rounds of ammunition. They killed 12 of their classmates and one teacher, and later shot themselves.

We keep the victims and their loved ones in our hearts and wish the survivors continued strength and peace.

The Columbine shooting was one of the worst mass shootings in our nation’s history. Unfortunately, we have seen multiple mass shootings in schools since then. These horrific events must be prevented. In honor of all the children slain in schools, we must take concrete, common sense action to stop guns from getting into the hands of youngsters.


PAGV is an independent coalition of approximately 50 prosecutors from diverse jurisdictions throughout the United States, working toward solutions to end gun violence. The group is co-chaired by Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, and brings together prosecutors to discuss policies, legislation, and strategies to help prevent and confront gun violence in their jurisdictions.

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