Statement on Mass Shooting in San Bernardino, CA

Emerge USA offers their condolences to the victims of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA. 

Tamim Chowdhury, Executive Director of Emerge USA, issues the following statement on the incident, how we cannot succumb to hatred/bigotry and to come together to address the core issue - the need for gun reform. 

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December 3, 2015

 

Emerge USA offers our condolences to the victims of the San Bernardino shooting that took place yesterday, December 2, 2015.

As more details and information continue to be released from the incident, Emerge USA expresses their deep disappointment at the New York Post and other publications that have released inflammatory, accusatory and leading images and headlines about Muslims in the press.

All Americans, which includes American Muslims, cannot lose focus on the issue of gun control amidst the  negative rhetoric that seeks to villainize and blame the Muslim community. The identity of the gunman is no different in San Bernardino than it is for the gunman at the Planned Parenthood mass shooting just a week prior. The safety and security of all Americans are at risk as evidenced by the 355 mass shootings that have taken place in 2015, to date.

How do we wish to address this issue as Americans? Will we push back on our legislators and try to create better controls so only competent people can possess a gun? Will we fall prey to the anti-Muslim hysteria and Islamophobia that is running rampant in this country and try to villiainize an entire minority group about an issue that affects us all equally regardless of race, culture or religion?

Today, in this country at your State capitol, there have been resolutions to allow mass killings like San Bernardino or the Planned Parenthood attack to happen again. In Florida specifically, HB163 and HB4001 ease the ability for everyone to carry guns, even on college campuses.  

American Muslims support our constitutional right to bear arms and also stand by the need for gun law reform based upon a National poll done by Emerge USA: 

  • 3 out of 5 American Muslims agree with the 2nd Amendment's right to bear arms
  • 94% of American Muslims believe a more extensive background check should be in place to purchase a gun.
  • 96% of American Muslims believe those with mental disabilities should be required for additional background checks in order to purchase a gun.
  • 84% of American Muslims believe those carrying the appropriate legal permit should be allowed to openly carry while in places of worship, sporting events, etc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 American Muslims think laws should be passed to increase the amount of training a person needs to obtain a gun.

We all need to stand together for our safety in America. Let us all stand as Americans to address the common thread of gun control in this epidemic of mass shootings rather than choose fear, hysteria and marginalization of a select few to dominate our thoughts and decisions.

 

In solidarity,

Tamim Chowdhury

Executive Director

Emerge USA

 

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