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Statement From Mayor Bynum on Mass Shootings

City of Tulsa



Have heard from a lot of Tulsans about the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend. I wanted to visit with experts I trust before offering any thoughts. Here are a few.

Most importantly: you are not powerless. An underlying concern I hear from a lot of people is a sense that they are powerless to prevent something like this in Tulsa. The first responders I’ve visited with tell me quite the opposite. 

Law enforcement personnel are well trained to respond to incidents,but they need community assistance in identifying threats. Every Tulsan has the potential to assist with this by remaining alert and notifying the Tulsa Police Department of concerns you identify.

I am linking at the bottom of this post a report that was issued by the United States Secret Service that analyzes mass attacks. One of the key findings of the report is this: “Because these acts are usually planned over a period of time, and the attackers often elicit concern from the people around them, there exists an opportunity to stop these incidents before they occur. Threat assessment is one of the most effective practices for prevention.”

If you see or hear something that raises a concern, please call 9-1-1 and notify the Tulsa Police Department. I spoke with Chief Jordan about this today, and he said he would rather have 100 people call 9-1-1 because they are being overly cautious than allow one of these perpetrators to go undetected. 

There are public policy debates that should rightly occur to reduce violence in our country. The increasing breakdown of social cohesion in our communities should be a concern for every American. These are things that will hopefully be addressed over time, openly and deliberately. 

But assisting local law enforcement is something you can do today. Bringing your concerns to the awareness of the Tulsa Police Department allows them to assess the threat and puts them in a better position to save innocent lives.