Washington, D.C., January 23, 2020 - Today, Brady calls for attention to and renewed action to help solve the gun violence epidemic in the United States, following multiple mass shootings in the past week.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“This week, our country has faced back-to-back tragedies that underscore the gun violence epidemic in this country. Mass shootings in San Antonio, Kansas City, and Seattle have killed at least four individuals and injured over 20 people. For these victims, for their families, and for their communities, the trauma of this week will continue long after physical wounds have healed. We can never be complacent when our communities and families continue to be torn apart by gun violence. It is long past time for every state and our federal government to renew serious discussions on how we can address this crisis.”
At the time of this writing, facts about the shootings in Seattle, Washington, Kansas City, Missouri, and San Antonio, Texas, indicate:
On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, a shooting in downtown Seattle injured seven individuals, one female and five males, including a 9-year-old boy. One adult female victim was fatally shot at the scene. Currently, Seattle Police continue to gather information about this shooting and are searching for any information related to perpetrators. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan characterized the shooting as a “dispute between individuals.” This is the third shooting in downtown Seattle this week.
On January 19, 2020, a shooter killed one individual and injured 15 outside of a night club in Kansas City. The shooter was also killed at the scene. It appears that the shooter had prior convictions that, but for a change in Missouri law in 2016, should have prevented him from possessing a weapon. Police continue to search for a motive.
On Sunday, January 19, 2020, a shooting in a San Antonio club killed two individuals and injured five others. San Antonio Police stated that the shooting was the result of a dispute between two individuals, one of whom pulled out a gun. In a statement that underscores how the presence of weapons can turn an already tense or unsafe situation deadly, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said of the events, “It’s nothing more complicated than an argument that occurred inside the club with someone pulling out a firearm.”
“Often times mass shootings garner the most attention, but we can never forget that gun violence is a public health crisis that kills approximately 100 people a day and injures 2 to 3 times that in the United States. This week shootings across the country, such as those inSouth and North Carolina, Utah, Maine, Wyoming, Nevada, and Colorado, as well as the many unreported individual events of violence, have left lives, families and communities irreversibly shattered. When we are the only industrialized nation on earth that deals with this level of violence and when we know we have solutions, it is unconscionable that we do not address this crisis. This week is just another reminder that we have failed to do so.”
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.