The Delaware chapter of Moms Demand Action, part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement applauding the Delaware House of Representatives for passing a crucial gun safety bill in response to tragic mass shootings across the country, including in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. The bill, HB450, would prohibit the manufacture, sale, purchase and possession of assault weapons.
“Keeping assault weapons out of our communities is crucial to saving lives and preventing gun violence before it happens,” said Mara Gorman, a volunteer with the Delaware chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Assault weapons are a common denominator in mass shootings across our country and create a heightened threat to the safety of all Delawareans. We are grateful to lawmakers in the House for acknowledging and addressing this serious issue, and we urge them to continue to respond to these tragedies with action and pass the rest of the important bills in their gun safety package.”
In 2022, the CDC released new data revealing Delaware had a staggering 45 percent increase in the rate of gun deaths from 2019 to 2020. This makes Delaware the state with the largest one-year increase in the gun death rate in the nation.
In an average year in Delaware, 111 people die by guns and 279 people are wounded. Gun violence costs Delaware $713.7 million each year, of which $36.3 million is paid by taxpayers. More information about gun violence in Delaware is available here.