ORLANDO, Fla.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously voted in favor of policies aimed at reducing gun violence in the nation. The position, a first in the organization’s 48-year history, was announced at the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference during the National Affiliate Luncheon, a gathering of the nation’s Latino leaders representing NCLR’s Affiliate Network of almost 300 community-based organizations. The announcement comes after the nation has experienced a series of mass shootings and other incidents of gun violence, most recently the horrific events in Orlando, Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas.
“Our announcement today comes as we hold our Annual Conference in Orlando, the site of the largest mass shooting in our nation’s history, which took the lives of 49 innocent people, most of whom were Latino,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “The tragic event at Pulse nightclub changed Orlando and it has changed NCLR. Today, by formally adopting this position, we join with the vast majority of Americans calling for an end to gun violence and we will urge policymakers to adopt common-sense measures to reduce mass shootings and gun violence, saving countless lives.”
The NCLR Board of Directors adopted a position to reduce gun violence that includes the following elements:
- Reasonable restrictions on the acquisition of firearms and ammunition consistent with the protection of the civil rights of all Americans, including support for universal background checks
- A ban on assault weapons.
- Collection and analysis of data related to gun violence to understand causes and develop prevention strategies.
Why should you care what La Raza advocates, you might be asking yourself? Well, you should care a great deal. It isn’t credible that an organization such as this one, who represents so many Latinos, would advocate a position that is out of accord with their own constituency. In other words, they represent Hispanics and Latinos, and thus Hispanics and Latinos favor gun control.
This is entirely consistent with what we already know about Hispanics and Latinos and their tendencies concerning gun control. Remember this when you consider open borders, amnesty and pathways to citizenship.