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The Alabama chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, today released the following statements in response to reports of a shooting in Valhermoso Springs that left seven people dead:
“This is another sad reminder of the continued toll that gun violence is taking on Alabamian families,” said Dana Ellis, a volunteer with Alabama Moms Demand Action. “Our hearts are with the families and communities torn apart by this terrible shooting, and we’re committed to honoring them with action to help end the gun violence epidemic in America.”
“Senseless gun violence has devastated far too many communities across our state and across the country, and our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this horrible shooting,” said Makayla Jordan, volunteer leader with Birmingham Students Demand Action. “We’ll fight even harder for common-sense gun safety policies that will save lives.”
Research by Everytown for Gun Safety shows that this is at least the 231st mass shooting since January 2009. Every day in the U.S. on average, more than 100 people are killed with guns, and hundreds more are wounded. Everytown defines mass shootings as those in which four or more people are shot and killed, excluding the shooter. An analysis of mass shootings from 2009 to 2018 shows there were a total of 194 mass shootings, which left 1,121 people dead and an additional 836 people wounded.
More information on gun violence in Alabama and across the U.S. is available here.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs