*New York, NY — National Action Network (NAN) offers condolences to the families of victims lost in today’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left over 27 people dead, including 18 children, an according to published reports.
“Our prayers are with those devastated by this horrific shooting and we appeal for people to unite in prayer to end the bloodshed across the country. I hope that our nation’s leaders from all backgrounds and walks of life, can come together in the weeks ahead to forge a path where these terrible, senseless gun violent tragedies are eliminated from our society” said Rev. Al Sharpton.”
NAN National Executive Director, who sits on the New York City anti-violence task force, Tamika D. Mallory said: “Incomprehensible gun violence has once again claimed the lives of our nation’s most precious treasure, our children. My heart and prayers go out to the families in Newton, Connecticut at this most difficult and painful time.”
NAN has made gun control and anti-violence a core mission and senior leadership within the organization has worked in New York State and federally to deal with gun control/anti-gun violence legislation, including legislation in the New York State Senate that may be lost thanks to the deal between Senate Republicans and Independent Democrats.
In July, Rev. Al Sharpton and NAN called on Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to hold a summit on gun violence while at the same time the organization staged the Occupy The Corners Against gun violence effort on weekends in all five boroughs.
Today Is NOT The Day To Talk About Gun Control, Today Is The Day To Finally DO SOMETHING About It! — by Michael Skolnik
I am absolutely sick to my stomach. My hands shake. My heart sinks. My mind is numb. We are all sick to our stomachs. We all shake with the deepest sadness we possibly can imagine. An unimaginable sadness.
The faces. The small, innocent faces. shocked. terrified and confused. The small Sandy Hook elementary school children know not of this life. They know not of this disease that has plagued our nation. They know not of the violence that has sickened our soul. They walk towards safety without prayer, as they have not learned that prayer yet. They walk without knowing that they lost TWENTY TWO (maybe more) of their brothers and sisters, who have left this earth before they could even understand that it was round.
We are on this planet to protect our children. That is our job. That is our number one priority. And we have failed today. The teachers did everything they could. They did not fail. The parents did everything they could. They did not fail. The principal did everything she could. She did not fail. The police did their absolute best. This not about them. This is about us.
We are speechless, but we will not be silent. Not is these UNITED States. Not in this god bless America. Not in this land of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We don’t care about politics. We don’t care about Republicans. We don’t care about Democrats. We don’t care about the National Rifle Association. We don’t care about the pundits on television. We don’t care about the ones who tell us we have to wait.
Today is not the day to talk about gun control or mental health care. Today is the day to finally DO SOMETHING about it.
Michael Skolnik is the Editor-In-Chief of GlobalGrind.com and the political director to Russell Simmons. Prior to this, Michael was an award-winning filmmaker. Follow him on twitter @MichaelSkolnik
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