The Wisconsin chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement in response to reports of a shooting inside a Milwaukee home:
“Gun violence has once again rocked the Milwaukee community,” said Brooke Shawver, a volunteer with Wisconsin Moms Demand Action. “Even in the midst of a pandemic, the gun violence epidemic continues to take the lives of our loved ones, friends, and neighbors. It’s more important than ever to keep fighting for the safer Wisconsin we all deserve and for our leaders to prioritize effective, proven methods of preventing gun violence in our cities.”
Today, Everytown for Gun Safety and Mayors Against Illegal Guns released guidance for mayors on ways to prevent gun violence amid the coronavirus crisis – including supporting the essential work of community gun violence intervention programs so that necessary outreach and services can continue uninterrupted, and protecting families by ensuring continuity of services to victims of domestic violence as women and families are forced to quarantine with abusers.
In November, the leaders of both the Wisconsin Assembly and the Wisconsin Senate ended special sessions on gun violence shortly after gaveling them in.
Research by Everytown for Gun Safety shows that, based on developing details, this is at least the 230th mass shooting since January 2009, the majority of which took place in the home. Every day in the U.S. on average, more than 100 people are shot and killed with guns, and hundreds more are wounded – and the majority of these shootings are not mass shootings.
Everytown defines mass shootings as those in which four or more people are shot and killed, excluding the shooter. An analysis of mass shootings from 2009 to 2018 shows there were a total of 194 mass shootings, which left 1,121 people dead and an additional 836 people wounded.
More information on gun violence in Wisconsin and across the U.S. is available here.