July 8, 2016

UCS Denounces Rising Level of Violence; Condemns Easy Access to Guns

Statement by Union of Concerned Scientists President Ken Kimmell

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (July 8, 2016)—Below is a statement by Union of Concerned Scientists President Ken Kimmell in response to the rising level of hatred, injustice, discrimination and violence across the country.

“The Union of Concerned Scientist wishes to express our deep outrage and sadness at the shocking killing of Black Americans by police officers and the killing of police officers in Dallas last night. We are appalled by the level of hatred, injustice, discrimination and violence that pervades our country—from the inordinate killing of people of color by those who are supposed to protect us to the mass killings in San Bernardino, Orlando, Charleston and now Dallas by unstable people with easy access to dangerous guns and a hatred of certain groups. 

“This vicious and spiraling cycle of violence in our country strikes at the very heart of what we, at UCS, believe in and work toward—a safe and healthy world for all. We stand with those calling for change, justice and accountability and—as an organization—remain firmly committed to ensuring that our work has a social justice dimension that helps drive the change we seek in the world.” 

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