Washington, D.C., January 26, 2019 - Police are currently searching for a man who shot and killed five people, including his parents, outside Baton Rouge, the third mass shooting in less than a week. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement, expressing outrage at yet another mass shooting in America.
Kris Brown, president of the Brady Campaign, stated,
“The fact that there have already been more than 1,000 shooting deaths this year is astounding in the worst way. And now, two families in Louisiana have been destroyed because, yet again, a dangerous person was able to gain access to a gun. That this happened in a state that features some of the most lax gun laws in the country is, sadly, unsurprising. We owe it to the victims of this heinous crime to offer more than thoughts and prayers - we owe it to them to determine how the shooter obtained his firearm, and then to work to pass stronger legislation to make sure that this sort of shooting spree cannot again take place in Louisiana.”
Currently, Louisiana state law:
- Does not have a minimum age to purchase a rifle or shotgun
- Does not require a permit to purchase a firearm
- Allows open carry of firearms throughout the state
- Requires no state license to sell guns
Louisiana has ranked as the third deadliest state in the country for gun violence, with 987 firearm deaths in 2016 and 21.2 firearm deaths per 100,000 people.
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.