A day after the first anniversary of a mass shooting on the Saint Francis Hospital campus, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum declared June 2nd as ‘National Gun Violence Awareness Day’ in Tulsa.
Bynum said the declaration comes after getting to know the family of Dr. Stephanie Husen, one of the four people murdered inside the Natalie Building on June 1st, 2022.
Dr. Preston Phillips, Amanda Glenn and William Love were also killed in the shooting.
“I support the right of law-abiding Tulsans to own and use firearms to protect themselves and their families. I also believe we have a responsibility to keep them out of the hands of criminals.” Bynum said.
Bynum said Tulsa police see many legal firearms stolen from unlocked cars.
“There are criminal enterprises in Tulsa right now who cruise parking lots looking for opportunities to steal guns from cars and sell them to other criminals.” Bynum added.
The mayor said he would like to see lawmakers and police working together to make communities safer.
“They see the true impact of laws or the absence of them, and I hope legislators will engage their insight earned through years of experience in law enforcement.” Bynum said.