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Reports Indicate At Least 50 People Died and More than 400 Are Hospitalized in the Largest Mass Shooting in Modern American History
Shooting is at Least 8th Mass Killing in 2017 – and at Least the 162nd Since 2009; Everytown Research (And Visuals) on Gun Violence by the Numbers Available Here
NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, released the following statement today after news reports that more than 50 people were killed and more than 400 were hospitalized after a shooting at a concert on the Las Vegas Strip. This is at least the 8th mass shooting, in which four or more people were shot and killed, nationwide this year, and the 162nd mass shooting since 2009. The shooting last night in Las Vegas is the largest mass shooting in modern American history. Everytown’s research and analysis of mass shootings is available here.
STATEMENT FROM SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“I am sickened and heartbroken that, once again, American families will be torn apart by gun violence. My thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones, whose lives will never be the same. While details are still unfolding, one thing is for sure: It doesn’t have to be this way. Americans should be able to go to concerts, to night clubs, to elementary schools and movie theaters without worrying about the threat of gun violence. While we grieve for the 50 people shot and killed and the more than 400 who are hospitalized, we must also act in their honor. Gun violence is preventable.”
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