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ATLANTA — The Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following in statement in response to the shooting death of TeeTee Dangerfield. Although details are still unfolding, reports state that Dangerfield was found with multiple gunshot wounds near her car in the parking lot of a local housing complex, and died shortly thereafter at Grady Memorial Hospital.
TeeTee Dangerfield at least the 17th transgender person killed nationwide so far this year. At least 11 of the victims were killed with guns, and ten of those victims were women of color. A list compiled by the The Advocate of transgender people killed nationwide in 2016 showed that more than half (52 percent) were killed with guns.
STATEMENT FROM LINDSEY DONOVAN, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER WITH THE GEORGIA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“I am angry that once again another trans woman has been killed by senseless gun violence in Georgia. Although details are still unfolding, we cannot ignore that gun violence remains a threat to the lives of many marginalized Americans, including those who are transgender. My deepest condolences go out to TeeTee’s family and friends as they now must navigate the trauma and pain so many American families and communities regretfully know all too well. It is time for our lawmakers to stand with us, and work towards implementing common-sense gun legislation that will protect all Americans, regardless of who they are.”
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