BILLINGS, Mont. — The Montana chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, issued the following statement after a man was shot and killed and a one-year-old was fatally injured in fallout from shooting in Billings. This shooting comes just days after a Rocky Mountain College football player was shot and killed near campus by two teenagers.
“Our hearts break for the loved ones and the community affected by this devastating tragedy,” said Ione Young, a volunteer with the Montana chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Our state must break this horrific cycle where our friends and neighbors are shot and killed and nothing changes. We must do more to address this crisis and protect our loved ones from senseless acts of gun violence.”
In an average year, 228 people are killed and 259 are wounded by guns in Montana. The state has the ninth-highest gun-related death rate in the United States. Firearms are the second-leading cause of death among children and teens in Montana.
More information about gun violence in Montana is available here.