Rhode Island Moms Demand Action, Everytown Respond To Fatal Domestic Violence Shooting In Woonsocket
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – The Rhode Island chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement in response to reports that a man shot and killed his ex-wife in a murder-suicide as she arrived to pick up their 7-year-old son.
STATEMENT FROM AMY HERLIHY, VOLUNTEER LEADER WITH THE RHODE ISLAND CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of Michelle Benvenuti. Last year our volunteers worked tirelessly to pass the Protect Rhode Island Families Act, and we all need to work together to ensure this law to disarm domestic abusers is strongly implemented to help prevent tragedies like this from happening. As Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins, yesterday’s horrific shooting is a reminder that we must do more to protect Rhode Island families from gun violence.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
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