TULSA, Okla. –– The Oklahoma chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement after a shooting at a hospital building in South Tulsa. Details are still emerging, though authorities have confirmed that at least four people were shot and killed, including the shooter.
“While we’re still learning more, our hearts are with everyone impacted by this heartbreaking shooting,” said Kay Malan, a volunteer with the Oklahoma chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Yet another place where people should feel safest has been devastated by gun violence. We have a right to live our lives without having to worry that we’ll be shot wherever we go, and we’re demanding – yet again – that our lawmakers finally do something to protect us.”
In an average year, 735 people die by guns and 1,435 more are wounded by guns in Oklahoma. More on gun violence in Oklahoma is available here. The shooting comes as Tulsa commemorates 101 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre, where racists, armed by local officials, killed Black people and burned Black-owned homes and businesses.