Prayers for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Charleston, SC
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
A Letter From The President
June 18, 2015
The tragedy of this week’s senseless killings of the pastor and eight parishioners of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina once again elevates the urgency of the need for gun control throughout this country.
I ask that the entire membership of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. join me in lifting prayers for those who perished, their families, friends, the congregation of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the entire Charleston, South Carolina community and the international AME Church family. Despite this horrendous act, I encourage you to continue to enjoy your respective faith experiences.
I also urge every member and chapter of NCBW to write your legislators on the local, state and national levels to encourage them to enact responsible legislation to improve Gun Control in an effort to reduce violence and equally protect all citizens.
As a national advocacy organization, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. opposes and advocates against violence of any kind. NCBW does not espouse that the constitutional right to bear arms be repealed, but rather that elected officials on every level move expeditiously to enact responsible legislation that will serve to strengthen the origin of the act and authorizes responsible local legislation that will promote personal and community safety.
NCBW is on public record and continues to request that the following be considered in establishing legislation.
- 1. Reinstate the assault weapons ban to disallow the sale of assault type weapons including semi-automatic and artillery supplies, i.e. bullets, rounds and clips. These types of weapons should only be authorized for use by the military and law enforcement to protect communities, and this country.
- 2. The institution of measures that will close background check loopholes and expand background checks for all applicants seeking to purchase weapons.
- 3. Restrict the sale of ammunition magazines that exceed ten bullets.
In addition, recognizing that mental illness is also a root cause of many of the tragedies America faces, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. requests legislators provide increased resources for community based mental health screening, counseling, programs and awareness initiatives to aid emotional well-being in an effort to create safer communities.
Sisterly in Service,
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