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Sioux Falls, SD — In response to reports of today’s shooting at Harrisburg High School, in which an unidentified student shot and injured the school principal, Dr. Kevin Lein, in the arm at the school, the South Dakota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the statement below. This is the 141st school shooting since the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty and families affected by the shooting today at Harrisburg High School,” said Julie Parker, volunteer chapter leader of the South Dakota chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Although details are still unfolding, we know that this is at least the 141st school shooting since the tragedy at Sandy Hook. And while no one law can prevent every episode of gun violence, we know there is more we can do to keep guns from getting into the hands of people who should not have them—such as high school students. When I send my son off to school each day, he should be learning math and science, not on lockdown while law enforcement apprehends a shooter. It’s long past time for lawmakers in South Dakota and in Congress to act to reduce gun violence. Our children and faculty deserve no less.”
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