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Jan 6, 2016

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Statement on President Obama's Executive Action on Gun Control

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) stands in solidarity with President Obama on his executive action taken today focused on saving American lives from the impact of gun violence in the United States. Tragedies related to gun violence have become an everyday event.

President Obama’s action to #StopGunViolence is a great step in the right direction, but, we need Congress to do their part and lead in the fight to protect and save lives by passing common sense gun safety laws now. Too many mothers and fathers have been heartbroken having to bury their children because of the ease of access to guns in our communities without thorough background checks.

Our nation is in a state of emergency when it comes to gun violence. The list of names lost to senseless gun violence has become far too many to mention in urban centers and rural communities. These young brothers and sisters should be living out their dreams. President Obama’s Executive Order will help ensure that more Americans get the chance to fulfill the American ethos of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We must also continue to work diligently at the state level to keep firearms out of the wrong hands and organize our people through civic engagement to do their part in the fight to keep our communities safe.

The National Coalition, founded in 1976, creates and enlightens communities by building institutional capacity that provides and develops leadership. By educating, motivating, organizing, and mobilizing Black communities, the National Coalition seeks to encourage full participation in a barrier-free democratic process. The National Coalition works to expand, strengthen, and empower communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition. The Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) serves as the women and girls empowerment arm of The National Coalition. BWR promotes health and wellness, economic security and sustainability, education and global empowerment.

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