ASA on the Parkland Shooting

By Bob Blancato and Karyne Jones

The community of the American Society on Aging expresses its deep condolences to the families of the 17 students killed Wednesday in Parkland, Florida. We also mourn for the Parkland community whose psyche was ravaged by this horrific tragedy.

We are alarmed at the fact that our country is averaging at least one shooting incident per week in our schools so far in 2018. It is a situation which must be addressed with solutions and not sensationalism.

Our nation needs moral and political leadership to converge to examine what factors have prompted such tragedies and to confront these problems with strength and courage. These issues include easy access to guns, yet increasingly difficult access to and a lack of funding for mental health services. The goal should be prevention of future tragedies, a goal which should be embraced by all Americans.

As a nation, we are in mourning today and in the days to come. That is to be expected. What follows this, however, must be a national commitment to protecting the safety and security of people of all ages.

Bob Blancato is President of Matz, Blancato Associates in Washington, D.C. and Chair of the ASA Board of Directors. Karyne Jones is President and CEO, National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, also in Washington, D.C., and is Chair-Elect of the ASA Board of Directors.