Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
SCHOOL SHOOTING LATEST IN STRING OF HIGH PROFILE GUN VIOLENCE INCIDENTS
There have been at least 560 gun incidents in schools this academic year
WASHINGTON - Three high-profile shootings in as many days reflect the reality of gun violence in America. The classroom of an elementary school in southern California, a quiet south-Chicago neighborhood, and a gym outside Miami, they're places nearly every American crosses paths with each day.
Two employees at an Equinox gym in Coral Gables, Florida, were shot and killed by a disgruntled employee, who then turned his gun on himself. A woman was injured and a Chicago judge killed on his own front lawn this morning when a gunman opened fire after a reported tense exchange of words. And this afternoon, a teacher and an 8 year old student was killed and another student was seriously injured in a California elementary school shooting.
The facts behind all three tragedies continue to roll in, with many details still under investigation. These shootings are just three examples of the gun violence crisis that persists in communities of all shapes and sizes nationwide.
Brady Campaign president Dan Gross said, "These victims were at work, school, or on their own front lawn, places where any one of us might be on a given spring day. Each year 33,000 Americans die from gun violence; they're not all from Chicago and they rarely die in mass shootings. Gun violence is an everyday epidemic. And it's fueled, in part, by an industry that fights every sensible regulation and deceptively markets a product more likely to be used in suicides, accidents, and crimes of passion than in acts of self-defense. And each year more Americans buy into that big lie, and each year more die because of it."
Just last week the Brady Campaign released a report analyzing the approximately 560 gun incidents in American schools this year alone. The Trump administration and Congress continue to narrow the list of prohibited purchasers - including by allowing Social Security beneficiaries incapable of handling their own affairs and some fugitives to buy guns.
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother’s Day 2000.