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The Kansas chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots network, released the following statement after a shooting in a Wichita bar Tuesday morning, where one individual was shot and killed and seven individuals were shot and wounded. Reports indicate that two of the seven wounded individuals have life-threatening injuries. Details are still developing.
“Our hearts ache for the loved ones of those harmed by yesterday’s devastating shooting in Wichita,” said Katy Tyndell, a volunteer with the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Kansans should not have to live in fear that they will be shot while enjoying a night out in their own neighborhood. Unfortunately, tragedies like these will continue to happen until our leaders take additional measures to keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not have them.”
401 people die and 878 people are wounded by guns in Kansas in an average year. Gun violence costs Kansas $2.9 billion each year, of which $111.2 million is paid by taxpayers. Read more about gun violence in Kansas here.