Washington, D.C., July 26, 2019 — On Thursday, July 25, a 26-year-old man was taken into custody after initiating a 12-hour shooting spree in the San Fernando Valley in which he killed four people — including his father, brother, and reportedly an ex-girlfriend — and injured two others. The gun violence prevention organization Brady issued the following statement, expressing concern regarding the public’s desensitization and decrying the lack of national coverage on mass shootings resulting from guns introduced in family arguments.
Vice President of Programs Kyleanne Hunter stated:
“This is a devastating day for the Golden State, my home state, who time and time again have faced the tragic impacts of a shooting rampage in their community. While details are still unraveling, one aspect of the case is clear: this shooting is another example of how a gun in the home can turn a family argument into a deadly encounter, resulting in a tragedy for the community at large.
Far too often disagreements in the home lead to permanent community tragedies. Shootings that begin in the home, since they start behind closed doors, are often dropped from the gun violence discussion as a whole. As a result, another mass shooting occurs without the blink of an eye, further desensitizing the public to these tragedies. We will continue to closely examine this case, and continue to expand the discussion around domestic violence and guns in the home. Our hearts are with the community and families of the San Fernando Valley.”
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 the common sense. In the spirit of our founders Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 25 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.