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DALLAS — The Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement in response to the shooting death of Gwynevere River Song. Although details are still unfolding, reports indicate that Gwynevere was shot and killed at home following an argument.
Gwynevere River Song is at least the 18th transgender person killed nationwide so far this year. At least 12 of the victims were killed with guns, and ten of those victims were women of color. A list compiled by The Advocate of transgender people killed nationwide in 2016 showed that more than half (52 percent) were killed with guns.
STATEMENT FROM DONNA SCHMIDT, VOLUNTEER WITH THE TEXAS CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“I am horrified to learn that yet another transgender person has been shot and killed, especially in a place where we should all feel safe – our homes. My deepest condolences go out to Gwynevere’s family and friends during this difficult time. While we’re waiting to learn more about this tragedy, we cannot ignore the fact that our lax gun laws make life more dangerous for those in the transgender community, as well as other marginalized Americans. It is beyond time for us to stand up and demand that our lawmakers do more to keep all of their constituents safe from the threat of gun violence.”
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