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We are appalled and outraged by the tragic homicides and other acts of senseless violence that have plagued the City of Pittsburgh this year.

The Pittsburgh Gentlemen Motorcycle Club joins the entire City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas in a call to get to root causes of violence and help those who are mourning and healing.

News outlets can do better. Editorial committees, news reporters and news anchors should make sure that stories do not confuse their readers or viewers into making assumptions about retaliation.

The daily rush to be first in reporting “breaking news” without having the facts may perpetuate more violence.

This is reckless and needs to stop! It’s irresponsible and also hinders public safety officials and homicide detectives from trying to make our city safer.

The Pittsburgh Gentlemen is a motorcycle club, not a gang. There are codes that motorcycle clubs live by. Many of us are fathers and husbands, family-oriented gentlemen who value life, especially the lives of women and children.

We ask all news outlets to do their part in helping to stop the cycle of violence with responsible reporting. Help make these hurtful times better, not worse.

Shawn Ware

Homewood

The writer is sergeant-at-arms of the Pittsburgh Gentlemen Motorcycle Club.


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