Statement on recent acts of gun violence
This past week, dozens of people lost their lives in three separate mass shootings, at least one of which appears to have been racially motivated. The horrific and evil acts in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton have shaken us deeply as a nation and have further diminished our sense of personal security. For me, personally, they have also led to a sense of outrage over the fact that our nation has not yet grappled with the gun violence that plagues us.
I know that I speak for all Cornellians in saying that our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and their communities. If you know someone who has been directly or indirectly impacted by these attacks, I ask you to please reach out to them to express your concern and to offer your support. We must also continue to speak out against all forms of racism and bigotry and all forms of violence, in particular the proliferation of gun violence. We cannot continue to accept the human cost of failing to implement meaningful change.
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Martha E. Pollack