ATLANTA, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 – 100 Black Men of America, Inc. are once again broken hearted about the loss of young people who will never again return home. Our prayers are with the families whose lives are forever changed. Every elected official, including the President must do something different. Every American citizen must take action and contact their representatives in Washington, demanding a change in the laws.
“If we want to stop the slaughtering of children and educators in our schools, removing the politics and doing the work to put legislation in place should be a priority today,” stated Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. In week six of 2018, February 14, 2018 marked the 18th school shooting in America. Why does this keep happening in the United States and not in other countries?
- Easy access to high-powered weapons does not exist in other civilized nations.
- The policy response to mass shooting over the years has resulted in relaxed gun laws.
- Universal background checks and reasonable restrictions, including banning assault weapons.
- Loosening of gun laws at state levels across the United States.
New laws will not stop all violence, but America should do everything possible to minimize the harm to children. Laws should also be created that require online social media outlets to monitor and report to law enforcement when posts should be investigated. The right to bear arms should never outweigh the right of every young person and educator not to be murdered while at school.
How U.S. gun deaths compare to other countries – CBS News
About 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
The overall concept of The 100 began in 1963 in New York City when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. These visionaries included businessmen and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson. Since inception, the vision has materialized to be shared by more than 10,000 members reaching over 125,000 underserved, underrepresented minority youth annually. Our motto, “What They See Is What They’ll Be,” very succinctly expresses how our programmatic services rendered to disadvantaged, disenfranchised and low-income youth and families positively change their life trajectory.