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Oct 26, 2023

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Black Women's Roundtable Releases Statement on Lewiston, Maine Shooting Tragedy and Call for Federal Ban on Assault Weapons

Use of a High-Powered Assault-Style Rifle to Kill 18 Innocent Victims is Another Stark Reminder of the Need for A Federal Ban on Assault Weapons

Washington, D.C. (October 26, 2023) - In the wake of yesterday’s tragic shooting spree perpetrated by a U.S. Army Reservist that claimed the lives of 18 innocent victims in Lewiston, Maine, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) are profoundly disturbed by this horrific killing. This tragedy in Lewiston is another reminder of the dangers that exist with easy access to assault weapons in America.

Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of the NCBCP and Convener of The Black Women’s Roundtable, stated, "Our deepest condolences go out to the victims' families and the entire community of Lewiston, Maine during this trying time. It is indeed heartbreaking that children cannot attend school and adults cannot go to church or even to the local bowling alley without the fear of being randomly gunned down by one or more individuals brandishing automatic weapons. This rampage is the deadliest mass shooting of 2023 in the United States. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 565 such incidents this year across the country. Something has to be done. Something MUST be done. The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Black Women’s Roundtable demand that members of Congress do their jobs and enact an assault weapon ban to protect the men, women and children of America.”

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The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls’ empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

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