Greens Call for Decisive Action On Gun Violence

Green Party leaders are calling for Congress to take swift and decisive action following an horrific mass shooting on August 3 at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart location in El Paso, Texas, that has left at least 20 dead and dozens injured; and an early morning shooting on August 4 in a Dayton, Ohio, entertainment district that left 9 people dead and 16 wounded.. This weekend’s violence follows on the heels of a shooting in Gilroy, California, which left 3 people dead and 13 wounded. There have been 32 mass shootings in the United States this year.

GPUS co-chair Kristen Combs called the incident “shocking to all Greens,” saying, “We express our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. These horrific attacks show that our communities are too vulnerable to this type of senseless violence. We must take action that will end these brutal mass killings.”

According to media sources, the El Paso shooter used an AK-47, a military weapon, to commit the heinous bloodbath. The shooter is purported to have written a manifesto related to the shooting, calling the act a response to “The Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

“The propaganda that leads to this hatred towards our Latinx community violates the ideals this country supposedly stands for,” said GPUS co-chair Justin Beth. “We call for an end to the racist rhetoric that results in acts of violence against our fellow human beings.”

“Gun violence has become a national emergency in the United States,” said GPUS co-chair Trahern Crews. “The Green Party is outraged that the US Congress has failed to act on the issue of gun violence that targets average citizens in our schools, entertainment venues and shopping centers. Our members across the country are demanding that Congress enact sensible gun control legislation that will help safeguard people from mindless mass killings. We can’t allow our communities to continue to be ravaged by these random, devastating violent acts.”

The Green Party calls for a ban on sales of assault weapons. The Green Party platform calls for “Thoughtful, carefully considered gun control such as is contained in the Brady Bill (1993).” It further calls for eliminating the gun show loophole that permits sale of weapons without background checks. Additionally, the party’s platform seeks an extension of background checks to all private sales of firearms.

 

Green Party of the United States
www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
August 5, 2019

Contacts:
Holly Hart, Co-chair, Media Committee | media@gp.org | 202-804-2758
Craig Seeman, Co-chair, Media Committee | media@gp.org| 202-804-2758

10 thoughts on “Greens Call for Decisive Action On Gun Violence

  1. rob

    Considering the Greens began as an anti-communist party calling for Swiss-style assault weapons in every home, this is pretty disgraceful.

    All the more as the shooter, like most of them, was a leftist.

  2. C. Al Currier

    “…Greens began as an anti-communist party…” –rob
    I am having trouble finding verification for your claim on the internet.
    ———————————
    –places I’ve looked–
    History of the Green Party of the United States – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Green_Party_of_the_United_States
    Early History of the United States Green Party, 1984-2001
    https://www.gp.org/early_history
    Green party
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_party

  3. Starchild

    Does the Green Party seek to ban government and its employees from buying assault weapons, or only civilians?

    Are they seeking to impose independent (i.e. performed by an organization other than the purchasing organization) background checks on government agencies or personnel buying weapons, or only on civilians?

    In short, how would the Green Party’s position, if implemented, affect the power balance between the State and society?

  4. paulie

    Considering the Greens began as an anti-communist party calling for Swiss-style assault weapons in every home, this is pretty disgraceful.

    Whuh?

    All the more as the shooter, like most of them, was a leftist.

    False.

  5. dL

    I am having trouble finding verification for your claim on the internet.

    Verified as true at politicallyincorrectsnopes.darkweb

  6. C. Al Currier

    “Does the Green Party seek to ban government and its employees from buying assault weapons, or only civilians?’ …Starchild
    Green Party leaders are calling for Congress (blah blah blah) -from article. I kinda guess that this is not a GP position but simply an opportunity for leading candidates to mouth off, sound cool and likable.
    The position with assault rifles? I am sure that the position will change to whatever is politically convenient and popular.
    Note: I am not a spokesman for the Green Party ( just loosely associated )

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