By Justin Chermol
As America grieves over what appears to be yet another tragedy sparked by hatred after a gunman killed one person and left three injured at a synagogue in Poway, Calif., more than 400 miles north in the city of Stockton, Mayor Michael Tubbs shares in the community's pain.
"When you think about the amount of gun violence that happens at synagogues, at churches, on streets and neighborhoods, in schools, every day in our country. It is unacceptable because these things are avoidable, Mayor Tubbs told Cheddar Monday.
The Stockton Mayor also railed against these white nationalist rhetoric behind the violence saying, "I think, as a nation, we are better than that, and it's incompatible with our values."
Tubbs, now 28, was the first African American elected as Mayor of Stockton, (he was also the youngest to ever be elected in the city's history), and the issue of gun-related violence hits close to home. He was elected Mayor Elected on the same night Donald Trump was elected president, of the United States, Tubbs explained how the murder of his cousin galvanized his desire to hold public office in a tweet on New Year's Day of this year.
Today, with just over two years in office, the millennial mayor continues to face decry gun-violence at the national, and international, level.
"You can't change policy, You can't change hate with policy, but you can make it so people with hate in their hearts don't have access to weapons to terrorize millions of people," he said.
As Tubbs says he is expecting his own child baby in the fall, he refuses to bring the child into a world where these forms of racism and anti-Semitism is considered okay.
"I think part of the issue is we haven't had a real national conversation, a real national reckoning, a real national reconciliation about how, in many ways, our country was built and rooted on these things."
Yet, the biggest barrier is to overcome these feelings, Tubbs notes, is endemic to humanity, even as he remains hopeful. makes up human "DNA."
"It's a sin that's deeply embedded in our DNA and we're better than that for sure," he said.
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