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Reports Indicate That at Least 12 People Were Shot and Killed and Four Wounded; Everytown Analysis of Mass Shootings from 2009 to 2017 is Available Here
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement in response to reports that at least 12 were people shot and killed and at least four more were wounded in a shooting at the Virginia beach Municipal Center.
Research by Everytown for Gun Safety shows that this is at least the 202nd mass shooting since January 2009. Everytown defines mass shootings as those in which four or more people are shot and killed, excluding the shooter.
“This tragic shooting is yet another reminder that we must do more to stop gun violence in our communities,” said Jennifer Herrera, volunteer leader with the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Our hearts go out to the victims, their loved ones and all those affected by this senseless act of violence.”
“Yet another American community has been devastated by gun violence,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “We don’t have to live like this. Americans shouldn’t be shot at while sitting at their desks at work. While we mourn for those whose lives were taken and those whose lives were forever changed today, we must also demand action in their honor.”
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