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Resolution RS2019-1873

A resolution expressing support for those affected by Sunday’s mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio and encouraging lawmakers to take seriously the public health epidemic that gun violence presents.

WHEREAS, The Metropolitan Council expresses concern for the Dayton, Ohio community in the wake of a devastating mass shooting event that occurred in the Oregon District historic and entertainment neighborhood in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 4th; and

WHEREAS, The August 4th Dayton shooting resulted in the deaths of nine people with twenty-seven others being treated for injuries at local hospitals. The nine people who lost their lives in the mass shooting included Lois L. Oglesby, 27; Megan Betts, 22; Saeed Saleh, 38; Derrick Fudge, 57; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Warrant-Curtis, 36; and Monica Brickhouse, 39. The Metropolitan Council goes on record as extending our condolences to the families of these shooting victims; and

WHEREAS, The Metropolitan Council expresses our appreciation for the Dayton Police Department personnel who immediately responded to the scene of the shooting on a public street and bravely confronted the shooter and neutralized him within less than one minute. The Dayton Police Officers who responded to this incident included Sergeant William Knight, Officer Brian Rolfes, Officer Jeremy Campbell, Officer Vincent Carter, Officer Ryan Nabel, and Officer David Denlinger. The bravery and professionalism of these Dayton police officers prevented countless other deaths and injuries in the busy entertainment district; and

WHEREAS, The Metropolitan Council also expresses our appreciation for Oregon District neighbors, business employees and patrons who witnessed this tragedy and took immediate action to help others by performing CPR and taking other steps to attempt to save the lives of the shooting victims awaiting ambulance arrivals and to get others to safety; and

WHEREAS, The Metropolitan Council extends our condolences to and solidarity with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley who has led the City of Dayton through a series of tragedies in 2019 including a white supremacist demonstration, a series of overnight tornado outbreaks that occurred on the evening of Memorial Day and resulted in power outages and water supply shortages, and this past weekend's mass shooting event. The Metropolitan Council goes on record as joining Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley in condemning white supremacy and acts of violence, intimidation, destruction and mass murder; and

WHEREAS, The Metropolitan Council further goes on record as condemning statements by lawmakers that mass gun violence is caused by mental illness, video games, marriage equality or the peaceful protest actions of professional athletes. Instead, we encourage lawmakers in both the States of Ohio and Tennessee to take seriously the public health epidemic that gun violence presents and to bring forth impactful, research-based legislative solutions that will prevent more mass shooting events in the future.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1: The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as remembering those that lost their lives in Dayton, Ohio on August 4, 2019, and expressing support for all those affected by this violence. and

Section 2: The Metropolitan Council further goes on record as condemning white supremacy and acts of violence, intimidation, destruction and mass murder, as well as unhelpful, reactionary statements by lawmakers, and instead encourages meaningful, research-based solutions to prevent gun violence.

Section 3: The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be sent to the offices of Dayton, OH Mayor Nan Whaley, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
Section 4: This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Brett Withers

Legislative History

IntroducedAugust 6, 2019

AdoptedAugust 6, 2019

ApprovedAugust 7, 2019

ByMayor Briley's signature

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Last Modified: 08/12/2019 12:33 PM