In response to reports of a mass shooting today in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania the Pennsylvania Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the statement below.
While details of today’s events are still unfolding, local news is reporting at least six people have been shot and killed in three locations across Montgomery County. Officials believe the victims have a ‘familial relationship’ with the reported gunman who has been identified as Bradley William Stone. He is still at large.
Everytown for Gun Safety, of which Moms Demand Action is a part, released an analysis of mass shootings earlier this year that reveals that between January 2009 and July 2014 there were 110 mass shootings in America. According to the FBI, a mass shooting is when four or more people are murdered with guns. The full mass shooting analysis is available here.
Statement from Christine Licata, Volunteer with the Pennsylvania Chapter of Moms Demand Action
“Just a day after the anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass shooting, today’s events are a shocking reminder that gun violence can and does happen everywhere. As mothers committed to reducing gun violence, all of our thoughts and prayers are with the children and the families affected by this awful tragedy and we remain resolved to fighting for public safety measures that will prevent gun violence from touching more Pennsylvanians’ lives, like keeping guns out of dangerous hands. Here in Pennsylvania, we need to do more to support local leaders like mayors and law enforcement who are doing everything they can to protect our families and communities from gun violence.”
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