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Iowa Moms Demand Action Statement in Response to Drive-by Shootings in Pleasant Hill

November 18, 2014

Two People Injured, Including 13-Year-Old Boy, When Convicted Felon Opens Fire on Three Homes

In response to the drive-by shooting of three homes in Pleasant Hill, Iowa on Monday that left two wounded, a 13-year-old boy and an unidentified victim, the Iowa chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the statement below.

While details are still unfolding, the shooter is a previously convicted felon with a lengthy criminal record—including two convictions for felony theft and a 2013 conviction for assault of a peace officer. His felony convictions prohibit him from owning or possessing firearms. The suspect was arrested for attempted murder and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The details on how and where the shooter obtained the 9mm Ruger used in the shooting are still under investigation.


“Our children should feel safe within the sanctity of their homes, yet events like the Pleasant Hill shooting happen all too often. Moms will not allow this to become the new normal in America. We will work to strengthen gun laws nationwide—and here in Iowa—to prevent unfettered and easy access to firearms by criminals and other dangerous people. We will fight to loosen the grip of the gun lobby on our elected officials, and ensure common-sense measures are taken to keep our families safe from the threat of senseless gun violence.”

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2.5 million members and more than 40,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MomsDemand

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