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CHATANOOGA, Tenn. — Following reports of a shooting near military facilities in Chattanooga today that killed four military service members and injured others, including one law enforcement officer, Everytown for Gun Safety released the following statements:
“Today my thoughts are with the military and law enforcement officials shot in my home city of Chattanooga,” said Ron Littlefield, former Chattanooga Mayor and member of the Tennessee Coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “This horrific shooting should be a call to action to strengthen our gun laws. There are common sense measures we can take that would prevent gun violence while respecting the Second Amendment.”
“My heart goes out to everyone affected by today’s shooting in Chattanooga,” said Stan Stumbo, a career Navy Officer whose daughter Cheryl Stumbo was shot in the 2006 Jewish Federation Shooting. “We are reminded all too often that gun violence can strike at any time. It’s heartbreaking that those who put their lives on the line in the military and in law enforcement have yet again been caught in the line of fire right here at home. We can and we must do more to reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people who should not have them.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and colleagues of those injured in the shooting today,” said Linda McFadyen-Ketchum, volunteer chapter leader of the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “While we don’t know all the details yet, it is once again clear the damage that can be done when a dangerous person gets hold of a gun. Tennesseans must stand up and demand more from elected leaders to prevent the gun violence that kills 88 Americans and injures hundreds more every single day.”
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