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Everytown, Kansas Moms and Gun Violence Survivors Respond to Workplace Shooting in Hesston

Everytown Research (And Visuals) on Gun Violence by the Numbers Available Here

WICHITA, Kan. — The Everytown Survivor Network and the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, both a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today responded to the shooting in which an Excel Industries employee killed three and injured seventeen. The shooter was killed by an officer responding to the scene. More information on gun violence in America is available here: Gun Violence By the Numbers.

The Everytown Survivor Network and the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action are organizing care card events throughout the state to show support for the families of the victims and the Hesston community. The first event is tonight at 7:00pm in Wichita at the Woodland United Methodist Church. More details below.

STATEMENT FROM TONYA BOYD, MEMBER OF THE EVERYTOWN SURVIVOR NETWORK IN KANSAS:

“Today more families in Kansas wake up knowing what it’s like to live without a loved one. When my daughter was shot and killed, I knew my life and her children’s lives would never be the same. It’s a feeling I would wish on no one. My prayers are with those in Hesston who are freshly experiencing a trauma thousands of Americans know all too well. We have to do more to reduce gun violence. This is not a hopeless fight. There are reasonable steps we can take that will save lives. As a member of the Everytown Survivor Network in Kansas, I am committed to demanding more of our Kansas legislators. If what happened yesterday upsets you, I encourage you to get involved and do your part to prevent future tragedies.”

STATEMENT FROM REV. MICHELLE REED, VOLUNTEER LEADER WITH THE KANSAS CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION IN WICHITA:

“You never think it will be your community and then suddenly it is. While we search for answers on how and why this happened, there are some things we know for sure. We know that 91 Americans die every day from gun violence. And we know that our legislators here in Kansas are not doing near enough to keep us safe. As we come together to heal, we must also come together to take action. There is no one solution to stop all gun violence, but we must demand that our Kansas lawmakers take responsible steps to help keep guns out of dangerous hands. We can all do more to reduce gun violence.”