Three people are dead in a racist attack, according to law enforcement

Washington, D.C., August 26, 2023 – Today, three people were killed at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida, in what law enforcement described as a "racially motivated" shooting. Brady, the national gun violence prevention organization, released the following statement:

Kris Brown, president of Brady, said:

“As we’ve seen time and time again, hate combined with easy access to firearms is an incredibly deadly combination. Only in America are Black people gunned down with a swastika-adorned assault weapon. People who want to commit racist terror should never be allowed to access a firearm.
“Sadly, today’s tragedy is not unique as each year, over 10,000 Americans are victims of hate crimes involving a firearm. Additionally, Florida's incredibly weak gun safety laws, including its recent permitless concealed carry law, are increasingly putting Americans at risk of mass shootings like this.
“Our hearts go out to the families and survivors of this horrific tragedy.”

Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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