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Marshall County High School Shooting is at Least the 10th School Shooting in 2018; 283rd School Shooting Since 2013
BENTON, Ky. – The Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, responded to a shooting today at Marshall County High School in Benton. While details are still unfolding, reports indicate at least one person was shot and killed and many people wounded. According to reports, a suspect has been caught.
According to Everytown research, this was at least the 10th school shooting nationwide in 2018, and at least the 283rd since January 2013. Everytown and Moms Demand Action have kept an index of school shootings in America since 2013 – recording anytime a firearm is discharged inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.
STATEMENT FROM CONNIE COURTNEY, VOLUNTEER WITH THE KENTUCKY CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Today’s shooting at Marshall County High School is every parent’s worst nightmare. Gun violence has no place in our community and certainly not in our schools – where our children should feel safe to learn. As we think about the lives affected today, we must not let news of school shootings become the new normal. We cannot accept that more than 90 people die from gun violence every single day in America, with hundreds more injured. Our politicians who represent us – in Washington D.C. and Frankfort – must do more to protect our children from gun violence.”
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