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On Monday, Tracy Saboe, a 40-year-old man, was shot and killed in his home by a man who thought the home belonged to a man who allegedly had assaulted someone in the shooter’s family. Saboe and the shooter had a short altercation after he entered the home, and then the shooter shot and killed Saboe, according to the police at the scene. The shooter then went to another home and shot and wounded three other people.
“Tracy Saboe should be alive today,” said Shannon Emry, a volunteer with the South Dakota chapter of Moms Demand Action. “South Dakota’s gun violence is unacceptable. We are committed to working in solidarity with our partners and lawmakers to create safer South Dakota communities next legislative session.”
South Dakota has some of the most lax gun laws in the country. Lawmakers should prioritize gun safety in the next legislative session by enacting a life-saving extreme risk law that would empower family members and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily prevent someone in crisis from accessing firearms.
Here’s more on gun violence in South Dakota:
Did you know?
The US 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
Last updated: 1.7.2021