National Prosecutors Organizations Call on Senator McConnell to Reconvene the Senate to Act on Gun Violence Prevention


August 9, 2019

Today Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) and the national Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) as well as 43 prosecutors from 22 states across the country wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to, “implore you, in the strongest possible terms, to immediately reconvene the Senate in a session dedicated to preventing gun violence in America.”

The letter continues, “Gun violence is ripping apart families and neighborhoods on a daily basis. As we mourn the devastation of mass shootings across the country—most recently in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton—we turn to you because you can change this grotesquely unacceptable new American normal.”

While McConnell has just indicated the Senate will take up some gun violence prevention measures in September, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., co-chairs of the nonpartisan national coalition Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, issued a joint response:  “Gun violence in America is a national emergency.  Every day the Senate puts off this debate is a day when someone in America will needlessly lose their life to firearms.  That’s why prosecutors, charged with protecting public safety, urge the Senate to take action now.”

The letter was co-authored by Prosecutors Against Gun Violence and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

The full text of the letter is included below. 

August 9, 2019 
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader, United States Senate
The Capitol, S-230 Washington, DC 20500 

Dear Leader McConnell: 

As prosecutors from across the nation, we respectfully implore you, in the strongest possible terms, to immediately reconvene the Senate in a session dedicated to preventing gun violence in America. 

Gun violence is ripping apart families and neighborhoods on a daily basis. As we mourn the devastation of mass shootings across the country—most recently in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton—we turn to you because you can change this grotesquely unacceptable new American normal. 

Courageous leadership now is essential. By reconvening the Senate on this crucial issue, you can make history. Let future generations look back and see a leader who said “Enough is enough,” and helped stop the carnage that scars our country. 

Thank you for your consideration. 

Sincerely,
 

Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
Manhattan District Attorney 
Co- Chair
Prosecutors Against Gun Violence

Mike Feuer  
Los Angeles City Attorney
Co-Chair 
Prosecutors Against Gun Violence 

David LaBahn
President and CEO
Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

Jean Peters Baker Jackson County Prosecutor 

Leon A. Cannizzaro
Orleans Parish District Attorney

Thomas Carr
Boulder City Attorney 

John T. Chisholm
Milwaukee County District Attorney

John Choi
Ramsey County Attorney 

Darcel D. Clark
Bronx County District Attorney

Terry Curry
Indianapolis District Attorney 

Michael Dougherty
Boulder District Attorney

Joyce E. Dudley
Santa Barbara District Attorney 

Mara Elliot
San Diego City Attorney

Kimberly Foxx
Cooke County’s State Attorney 

Kimberly Gardner
St. Louis Circuit Attorney

George Gascon
San Francisco District Attorney 

Eric Gonzalez
Kings County District Attorney

Pete Holmes
Seattle City Attorney 

Paul L. Howard  
Fulton County District Attorney

Jackie Lacey
Los Angeles County District Attorney 

Barbara LaWall
Pima County Attorney

Beth McCann
Denver District Attorney 

Michael McMahon
Richmond County District Attorney

Spencer Merriweather
Charlotte District Attorney 

Marilyn Mosby
Maryland State Attorney

Kim Ogg
Harris County District Attorney 

Nancy O’Malley
Alameda County District Attorney

Ismael R. Ozanne
Dane County District Attorney 

Barbara Parker
Oakland District Attorney

Rachel Rollins
Suffolk County District Attorney 

Jeff Rosen
Santa Clara District Attorney

John M. Ryan
Acting Queens Attorney 

Katherine Fernandez Rundle
Florida State Attorney

Dan Satterberg
Kings County Prosecutor 

Josh Shapiro
Pennsylvania Attorney General

Madeline Singas
Nassau County District Attorney 

Rod Underhill
Multnomah County District Attorney

Andrew Warren
Florida State Attorney 

Lynneice Washington
Jefferson County District Attorney

Amy Weirich
Shelby County District Attorney 

Kym Worthy
Wayne County Prosecutor

Steven B. Wolfson
Clark County District Attorney 

Stephen Zappala, Jr. Allegheny County District Attorney