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NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, released the following statements in response to tonight’s State of the Union address.
STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“The president and his attorney general promised to be tough on crime, but two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history marked the first year of the Trump presidency, and tonight, the president said hardly a word to address America’s daily gun violence crisis. In 2018, the Administration and Congress should heed the public’s demand for stronger gun laws, drop the NRA’s dangerous agenda, and finally get tough on gun violence.”
STATEMENT FROM SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“It’s shameful that we heard nothing from President Trump tonight about reducing gun violence in America, but it’s also no surprise, given the gun lobby’s $30 million investment in his candidacy. Our leaders must listen to the vast majority of Americans and take concrete action to reduce gun violence in our communities. Midterms will be a real moment of reckoning for those who continue to embrace the gun lobby’s dangerous agenda in 2018.”
The gun lobby spent at least $55 million — and according to one report, as much as $70 million or more — during the 2016 election, and at least $30 million to elect Donald Trump president.
Last year, Americans witnessed two of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Sutherland Springs, Texas. And just this month, there were at least 12 school shootings.
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