Shooting Is at Least the 14th Mass Shooting in 2018 and 190th Since 2009
TAFT, 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 reports of a mass shooting at a home in Taft that left four people dead and one injured. Reports indicate that the shooting unfolded Saturday evening during a toddler’s birthday party and that police are searching for two suspects who fled the scene.
Research by Everytown for Gun Safety shows that this is at least the 190th mass shooting since January 2009, and the 14th mass shooting this year. Since January 2009, Texas has seen more mass shootings – 22 – than any other state in the country. Everytown defines mass shootings as those in which four or more people are shot and killed, excluding the shooter.
STATEMENT FROM JENNIFER SKIDONENKO, VOLUNTEER WITH THE TEXAS CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“I am utterly heartbroken for the loved ones of those killed this weekend. A toddler’s birthday should be a joyous – not deadly – occasion. We should be able to celebrate our lives free from the threat of gun violence, which is why our elected leaders need to do more to prevent tragedies like this one.”