Today the Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) and the national Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) as well as 43 prosecutors from 22 states across the country wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to, “implore you, in the strongest possible terms, to immediately reconvene the Senate in a session dedicated to preventing gun violence in America.”
The letter continues, “Gun violence is ripping apart families and neighborhoods on a daily basis. As we mourn the devastation of mass shootings across the country—most recently in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton—we turn to you because you can change this grotesquely unacceptable new American normal.”
While McConnell has just indicated the Senate will take up some gun violence prevention measures in September, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., co-chairs of the nonpartisan national coalition Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, issued a joint response: “Gun violence in America is a national emergency. Every day the Senate puts off this debate is a day when someone in America will needlessly lose their life to firearms. That’s why prosecutors, charged with protecting public safety, urge the Senate to take action now.”
The letter was co-authored by Prosecutors Against Gun Violence and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.