Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to direct LA County’s Department of Public Health to convene the Office of Violence Prevention Leadership Team and the Community Partnership Council so they can identify strategies that will prevent acts of violence in public spaces:

“Our country mourns the lives of 34 people lost in the three recent horrific mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton. These senseless acts of violence are grounded in hate and racism, and are occurring in our workplaces, our schools, our shopping malls, our theaters, our places of worship, and our homes.

In the wake of these mass shootings, communities struggle to recover from lasting trauma while mourning families grieve the deaths of their loved ones. Targeted religious and ethnic communities feel increasingly vulnerable and under attack. This rise in gun violence is an epidemic that rips at the heart of our society and impacts every corner of our nation.

As the largest County in the United States, we have a responsibility to do more to address this issue. We need to engage community stakeholders and our County Departments in order to identify effective solutions that will protect our communities from random acts of violence and lasting trauma. LA County recognizes that we must combat the root causes of gun violence, address the palpable fear expressed by our vulnerable communities, and enhance our responses to these threats by identifying and implementing preventive strategies that could help stymie this epidemic. We owe it to present and future generations to implement preventive measures that would stop this cycle of violence from spiraling in LA County.”

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov or 213-359-0895