In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“The Sierra Club joins the nation in mourning those lost and the communities forever changed in Dayton and El Paso due to gun violence and white supremacist terrorism — and we join the overwhelming majority of the public in outrage at the politicians and institutions that enable and fuel these tragedies with deadly policies, racist and xenophobic rhetoric, and inexcusable inaction on gun control.
“Words are no longer sufficient: our leaders must take the action we demand together. The scourge of gun violence, racism, and white supremacy that claimed dozens of lives this weekend courses through our nation’s history, and will doubtlessly lead to more death until we confront it together. The Sierra Club’s mission is to protect both the human and natural environment. That expressly means we rise in solidarity with those targeted by racist hatred and rise against the violence that hatred enables.
“We join the overwhelming majority of the public that knows we can prevent much of this gun violence with simple, common sense gun control measures and we can reject the deadly hatred pedaled by cowardly politicians when we loudly and boldly organize together to push them from the halls of power.”