Father Shoots 9-year-old Daughter, then Commits Suicide
In response to the reported shooting in Rochester, Minnesota, in which a 49-year-old Rochester man shot his 9-year-old daughter and then killed himself Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the following statement.
STATEMENT FROM LEAH AUCKENTHALER, VOLUNTEER WITH THE MINNESOTA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of the victims in this incident. We are heartbroken to think that the girl, only 9-years-old, was a victim of senseless gun violence. 86 Americans are shot and killed every day—eight of whom are children and teens. Although the facts of the case are still unfolding, this tragic shooting further demonstrates that far too often domestic and family violence turns fatal when a firearm is present. Last spring the Minnesota legislature passed a domestic violence bill that makes it a crime for anyone who has been convicted of domestic violence or stalking from possessing a gun. This bill was a step in the right direction, yet there is still more work to be done to keep guns out of the wrong hands and to keep women and children safe.”
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 www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter at @MomsDemand