Thursday Night Shooting in Texas County, MO is One of at Least 125 Mass Shootings Since 2009
See Everytown for Gun Safety’s Full Analysis of Mass Shootings in America Here
The Missouri Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the below statement today in response to a Thursday night mass shooting in Texas County, Missouri, in which seven people were shot and killed and one person was shot and injured across four nearby homes. The 36-year-old gunman subsequently committed suicide in Shannon County.
This incident is one of at least 125 mass shootings that have occurred in America since 2009. A previously released report from Everytown for Gun Safety provides a comprehensive analysis of incidents in which four or more people were murdered with a gun, a widely-used definition of mass shootings from the FBI.
STATEMENT FROM ERIN GREGORY, A VOLUNTEER WITH THE MISSOURI CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION:
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victims and their families. While details are still unfolding, last night’s tragic mass shooting took the lives of seven innocent people and injured another. Instead of putting more guns in more places, Missouri should focus on working to keep guns out of dangerous hands, which would help prevent future tragedies. It’s time we stand up for the safety of Missourians and work to reduce gun violence that claims the lives of innocent people across our state.”
STATEMENT FROM TED ALCORN, RESEARCH DIRECTOR FOR EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“Mass shootings capture the media’s attention because of their extraordinary violence, but deaths in these incidents represent just a small share of total U.S. gun homicides,” said Ted Alcorn, research director for Everytown for Gun Safety. “Eighty-eight people are killed with guns on an average day in America, and this represents a true public health crisis in our country.”
About Everytown for Gun Safety
Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2.5 million supporters and more than 40,000 donors including moms, mayors, survivors, and everyday Americans who are fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and help save lives. At the core of Everytown are Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement of American mothers founded the day after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Learn more at www.everytown.org and follow us @Everytown
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