Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s Grassroots Network, released the following statement after reports that Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald today brought charges of involuntary manslaughter against the parents of the suspected Oxford High School shooter. On Tuesday, four students were shot and killed and seven others wounded at a mass shooting at Oxford High School. Reports indicate that the semi automatic handgun used in the shooting was purchased by the shooter’s father last Friday.
“We must be proactive about keeping guns out of schools in America, and that starts with keeping guns out of the hands of students by storing guns securely: unloaded, locked, and separate from ammunition,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “When gun owners fail to uphold their responsibility to securely store their firearms and tragedy ensues, there must be accountability. We must both inform gun owners of their obligation and responsibility to securely store their guns, and pass and enforce laws that hold gun owners accountable when they fail to do so.”
“Four kids’ lives were taken and seven more people were wounded because this shooter had access to a firearm — this tragedy should never have happened,” said Aria Segura, a volunteer with Students Demand Action in Michigan. “All gun owners should be doing their part to make sure that their firearms are stored securely and stay out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. Secure storage is a critical measure to prevent school shootings — we need to be doing all we can to make sure that student’s lives aren’t in danger in the classroom.”
The call for action on the need for secure firearm storage comes after this latest incident adds to the overwhelming evidence that shows access to guns in the home is a critical intervention point:
- The Department of Homeland Security’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) studied targeted school violence from 2008 through 2017 and found that three in four (76 percent) school shooters used a firearm they took from a parent or close relative’s home. In nearly half of these shootings, the firearm was easily accessible or was not stored securely.
- A previous NTAC analysis of targeted school violence incidents from 1974 through June 2000 found that 73 percent of shooters acquired the gun(s) used in the incidents from their home or that of a relative.
- A Centers for Disease Control study that analyzed school-associated firearm violent deaths committed by students between July 1992 and June 1999 found that 79 percent of guns used were obtained from the shooter’s home or that of a friend or relative.
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