Shooting Is at Least Sixth Mass Shooting in 2017 and 162nd Since 2009
PLANO, Texas – The Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement in response to a mass shooting at a home in Plano, Texas. At least seven people were shot and killed, and two others were injured, before the gunman was shot and killed by a responding police officer. Although details are still developing, reports indicate the shooter opened fire at a Dallas Cowboys watch party, and that the incident may have been “sparked by a domestic dispute.”
According to an Everytown for Gun Safety report analyzing mass shooting in the U.S. between 2009 and 2016, the majority of these – 54 percent – are related to domestic or family violence.
Research by Everytown for Gun Safety also shows that this is at least the 162nd mass shooting since January 2009, and the sixth mass shooting this year, including the second in Texas. Since January 2009, Texas has seen more mass shootings – 16 – than any other state in the country.
STATEMENT FROM DONNA SCHMIDT, DALLAS-BASED VOLUNTEER WITH THE TEXAS CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“My heart is breaking for the friends and family of the seven people who were senselessly killed at a home in Plano last night. We should be able to do simple things like watch a football game with our friends without gun violence shattering our community. We deserve to be safe from gun violence, which is why we must demand more of policymakers. Now is the time to work together to promote common-sense solutions to make our communities safer.”