FIPRP Statement on recent gun violence:
Every death is an equal tragedy worthy of public attention. Every day in the United States, over 300 individuals are injured or killed by firearms. Media response to some shooting incidents but not others implies that we believe that some deaths are more deserving of acknowledgement. The incidents that receive media attention are not random and are socially patterned, reflecting a preference for non-oppressed communities. By responding to, and thus amplifying, incidents that are already receiving media attention, we would be reinforcing a hierarchy that places value on some lives but not others. For these reasons, FIPRP as a group does not respond publicly via press release, social media, or other official statements following every shooting, including those receiving widespread media attention. This includes international, national, and local incidents.
(Updated July 2021)