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Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph and more than 100 heads of New York independent schools published a full-page ad in The New York Times on Sunday condemning gun violence.
"We implore you, Mr. President and our national legislative leaders, to do everything necessary to stem this tide of senseless gun violence," read the statement, published on Feb. 25. "Address, and ultimately deny, unrestricted access to weapons and ammunition that have no legitimate sporting, recreational or protective purpose. Recognize that the proliferation of military-grade guns and ammunition leads to more gun violence and more gun deaths. The statistics are compelling and cannot be ignored."
The heads of schools took out a similar ad in The Times five years ago after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Conn. According to The New York Times, since Sandy Hook there have been 239 school shootings in this country, injuring 438 and killing 138.