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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after reports of a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. While initial reports are unclear on how many people were injured and whether there were fatalities, all news reports agree that multiple people were injured. The Garlic Festival is a famed gathering honoring Gilroy’s most famous agricultural product and it attracts thousands of visitors each year.
STATEMENT FROM JESSICA BLITCHOK, A VOLUNTEER WITH THE CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“There is nothing more natural for California families than attending local food festivals with our kids. The thought that a family event in Gilroy turned violent breaks my heart, and my thoughts go out to the whole community and everyone affected. Even in a state like California, where we pride ourselves on our strong gun laws, there is more we can — and must — do to protect our families and communities.”
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