The New York chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement in response to a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo. According to reports, at least ten people were shot and killed and one person was wounded inside Tops Friendly Market on Saturday afternoon. Initial reports say law enforcement is investigating if the shooting was racially motivated. Details are still developing.
“Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims of this harrowing tragedy,” said Deb Antoniades, a volunteer with the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Going to the supermarket shouldn’t include the threat of gun violence. This horrific shooting further underscores the urgent need for action to combat this crisis devastating New York communities. While we await details on the incident, we will continue to fight for a safer state for us all.”
In an average year in New York, 870 people die by guns and an additional 2,607 people are wounded. Gun violence costs New York $5.9 billion each year, of which $321 million is paid by taxpayers. More information on gun violence in New York is available here.