Eight killed across two mass shootings on eve of July 4th, a period when gun violence peaks in America
Washington, D.C., July 4, 2023 – Overnight, three people were killed and eight were injured in a mass shooting in Fort Worth, Texas, and five people were killed and two were injured in a mass shooting involving an assault weapon in Philadelphia. The shootings are the latest in a growing trend of mass casualty shootings in the U.S. Brady, the country’s oldest gun violence prevention organization, released the following statement:
Kris Brown, president of Brady, said:
“It it feels like we can’t go a single day in the U.S. without a mass shooting. We are the only industrialized country in the world that wakes up to news of a mass shooting, sometimes multiple, every single day. Unfortunately, because of the gun industry’s influence on our lawmakers, there is no place in America that’s safe from gun violence.
“Gun violence shouldn’t be as American as the 4th of July. But the tragic reality is the July 4th weekend is often our country’s deadliest peak in gun violence. Already, 2023 is on track to set the record for the highest number of mass shootings of any year in U.S. history.”
“If an assault weapon was indeed used in the Philadelphia shooting, its ability to gun down multiple people in a matter of seconds is indicative of why these weapons of war have no place in our communities. Highland Park, Ill. experienced a similar assault weapons shooting on this day last year. Unfortunately, 40 states, including Pennsylvania, still allow these weapons of war in our communities.
“This Independence Day, multiple families will be in mourning because of a uniquely American crisis that our policymakers refuse to address. Our hearts go out to the families and survivors of these horrific tragedies.”
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.