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JACKSON, Miss.– The Mississippi chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today responded to reports of three shootings reportedly by the same assailant Saturday evening that were said to have begun as part of a domestic dispute and which left a law enforcement officer among the eight victims killed.
According to Everytown research, the officer killed, whose name is currently being withheld, is at least the 17th police officer to be shot in the line of duty in the United States so far in 2017. More information about the deadly relationship between domestic violence and gun violence is available here.
STATEMENT FROM ERICA JONES, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER WITH THE MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“I am horrified by the tragic events that transpired last night, reportedly a series of shootings that began as part of a domestic dispute and one in which a law enforcement was among the victims. The connection between domestic violence and gun violence is a massive problem that we must address. These heinous acts represent an unspeakable evil and I extend my deepest thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the eight victims whose lives were cut mercilessly short. The Mississippi chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America stands committed to finding solutions that will reduce the number of gun deaths in our state and in our nation.”
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