After today’s school shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, in which one student was reportedly killed, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statements from Founder Shannon Watts and Oregon Chapter Leader Sarah Finger McDonald. Everytown and Moms Demand Action also updated its list of school shootings – today’s shooting is the 74th school shooting since Newtown. It was also reported today that two other students at the school were found to be carrying guns, which caused confusion for law enforcement officials about the number of gunmen.
“Once again, our hearts are broken to learn of another school shooting, this time at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon where it has been reported that one student has been killed,” said Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “We send our kids to school each day to learn math and science, not duck and cover—and I know events like today’s put fear into the hearts of all parents across the country, who wonder if the next shooting will be at their children’s school. Today we are keeping the Reynolds students, faculty, parents, first responders and Troutdale community in our thoughts and prayers. We are also standing together to call on our elected officials to support common-sense reforms to our broken gun laws that can help stop tragedies like these from happening. Now is the time to stop this senseless gun violence.”
“We hear our representatives calling for prayers, but today, we call on responsible gun owners, mothers, fathers, and all concerned citizens to call on our elected officials to pass reasonable reforms that will prevent gun violence. Will we have to wait until there is an active shooter at every school in America before our lawmakers act?” said Sarah Finger McDonald, Oregon Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Today’s shooting was the 74th since Newtown. Our children and teachers should be learning and teaching in schools—not on lock down, cowering under desks, and evacuated from school with their hands raised in the air.”