NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, released the following statement today after news reports that more than 50 people were killed and more than 400 were hospitalized after a shooting at a concert on the Las Vegas Strip. This is at least the 8th mass shooting, in which four or more people were shot and killed, nationwide this year, and the 162nd mass shooting since 2009. The shooting last night in Las Vegas is the largest mass shooting in modern American history. Everytown’s research and analysis of mass shootings is available here.
STATEMENT FROM SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“I am sickened and heartbroken that, once again, American families will be torn apart by gun violence. My thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones, whose lives will never be the same. While details are still unfolding, one thing is for sure: It doesn’t have to be this way. Americans should be able to go to concerts, to night clubs, to elementary schools and movie theaters without worrying about the threat of gun violence. While we grieve for the 50 people shot and killed and the more than 400 who are hospitalized, we must also act in their honor. Gun violence is preventable.”
Did you know?
Every day, 120 Americans are killed with guns.
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.