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A coalition of U.S. Governors Called on President Trump to Take Action Against Gun Violence

To: The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump

Cc: Senate Majority Leader, The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Our country continues to mourn the tragic events in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, Philadelphia, and Odessa. These five unnecessary and horrific tragedies took at least 34 lives, wounded dozens, and caused emotional trauma to countless others. Unfortunately, these losses account for only a fraction of recent gun-related deaths. In 2019, over 10,000 people have been shot and killed, and 570 people were killed by a gun in the past two weeks alone. Thoughts and prayers won’t fix this disturbing trend. Enough is enough.


Public safety is the first and most important responsibility of government, and the failure to act to protect the public is a failure in leadership. As Governors, it is our responsibility to listen to our communities’ calls for action. However, a patchwork of state laws will never be a substitute for coherent national policy.


The federal government has a history of acting on gun reform when the American public demands it. In 1934, the federal government regulated machine guns. In 1968, the federal government banned mail-order gun sales. In 1994, the federal government implemented a 10-year ban on assault weapons. Americans are again calling on their government to act, and it’s time to listen.


Putting an end to the gun violence epidemic is not a Republican or Democratic issue, it is an American issue. Gun deaths do not have to be the norm. The time is now to break the cycle by enacting four common-sense measures. We implore you to work with Congress to pass sensible gun legislation that includes the following four policies that a majority of Americans support:

• Pass Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation, commonly referred to as Red Flag laws, preventing individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm;
• Pass universal background checks closing the private gun sales loophole;
• Outlaw assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and
• Establish stricter reporting requirements to prevent those deemed by a mental health professional to be a danger to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm.

The American public supports action. So do we.

Governor Andrew Cuomo State of New York

Governor Ned Lamont State of Connecticut

Governor Gavin Newsom State of California

Governor John Carney State of Delaware

Governor JB Pritzker State of Illinois

Governor Gretchen Whitmer State of Michigan

Governor Phil Murphy State of New Jersey

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham State of New Mexico

Governor Kate Brown State of Oregon

Governor Tom Wolf State of Pennsylvania

Governor Gina Raimondo State of Rhode Island

Governor Jay Inslee State of Washington

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Dr. Joseph Nimene, Sr.

Dr. Nimene is a research scientist and development specialist at a global development organization in West Africa. He is engaged in understanding the impact of public policies and development priorities in countries emerging from civil conflict along with the challenges faced by underdeveloped countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Nimene is a staunch advocate on issues relating to press freedom, and he supports the efforts of Globe Afrique where the voices of the citizens are heard.

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