SILVER SPRING, MD – On Tuesday, March 16, a white man embarked on a shooting spree, killing eight people at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia. The following statement is attributable to American Nurses Association (ANA) President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN:
“It is deeply distressing that, yet another mass shooting has once again left our nation reeling and looking for answers. My deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of each victim, and our thoughts at ANA will continue to be with the loved ones left behind.
I am especially horrified at reports that the assailant’s senseless actions appeared to have been racially motivated, targeting the Asian-American community—specifically women. His egregious acts are deplorable, vile, and discriminatory. ANA joins the American Academy of Nursing in condemning the recent rise in anti-Asian attacks and vehemently denounces all acts of racism, discrimination, and xenophobia.
Gun violence continues to be a public health crisis in our country, killing thousands of Americans each year. ANA has for decades called on lawmakers to pass common sense policies at the state and federal level that will stem gun violence.
We must be the change we want to see and collectively advocate for social justice to address prevalent racism and discrimination against communities of color.”
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