Virginia Beach, VA — Leaders from the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) share their thoughts regarding last Friday’s deadly shooting in Virginia Beach, VA:
Virginia Beach, VA, lies within NaFFAA’s Capital Region, and is a diverse area with a population of over 18,000 Filipino American residents. Krystle Canare serves as NaFFAA’s Capital Region Chair. She shares, “As a committed advocate for mental health and wellness, I recognize how such violence can have devastating effects on the mental well-being and sense of security of anyone involved, both directly and indirectly. On behalf of NaFFAA, I offer our thoughts and prayers, though I must make clear that thoughts and prayers are not enough to address a worrying epidemic in our nation. We can and we must do more.”
“It is truly unfortunate and beyond comprehension that we must mourn for twelve more lost lives and pray for multiple injured,” states NaFFAA National Chairman Brendan Flores. “This is the seventh mass shooting that has occurred in the United States in 2019. And unless tangible action is taken, I fear that it will only continue. As the largest federation advocating for Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the United States, we urge policy makers to embrace and enact sensible and common-sense measures to prevent further gun violence. Implicit in this call to action is a focus on mental wellness as a responsible preventative measure.”
The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Established in 1997, NaFFAA has been promoting the welfare and well-being of the more than 4 million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. NaFFAA’s vision is to serve as the voice of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse individuals and community organizations through leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy.