STATEMENT FROM JENNIFER STAPLETON, VOLUNTEER, MARYLAND CHAPTER, MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Maryland Moms are heartbroken that two Hartford County deputies were killed in the line of duty yesterday, and our prayers go out to their families and the whole community. This is another example of the gun violence that kills 88 Americans a day and injures hundreds more, devastating far too many communities. While no one law can prevent every tragedy, we know there is more that can be done to save the lives of Americans. We urge our lawmakers in Annapolis and Congress to work for stronger gun violence prevention laws.”
According to media reports, the man who killed the officers had at least one criminal warrant out for his arrest, and, thus, should have been legally barred from owning a gun.
Last year, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Major Cities Chiefs Association released a report (available here) revealing that 52 percent of incidents in which police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty in 2013 were committed by people prohibited from buying or possessing guns. The analysis was based on the most recently available data from the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) database and supplemented with media reports.
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Every day, more than 120 people in the United States are killed with guns, twice as many are shot and wounded and countless others are impacted by acts of gun violence.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using four years of the most recent available data: 2018 to 2021.