SAN BERNARDINO, CA – In response to the shooting today at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA, Everytown for Gun Safety released the following statements.
STATEMENT FROM SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA, A PART OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“I am in shock that we are watching yet another mass shooting unfold in America. As we pray for the victims who have been shot by a mass shooter, we must also act. As I have said before and will continue to say, thoughts and prayers – particularly from our lawmakers – are simply not enough. To reduce the gun violence that kills 88 Americans and injures hundreds more each day, we must demand our lawmakers act and work to keep guns out of dangerous hands. The phrase ‘another mass shooting’ doesn’t have to be a part of the American vocabulary.”
STATEMENT FROM CAITLIN KING, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER OF THE CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION:
“Once again, our country is shaken by another mass shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and the entire community of San Bernardino. As a country, we don’t have to live with mass shootings on a regular basis and daily gun violence that kills 88 Americans and injures hundreds more every day. Now is the time for Americans to stand up and tell our elected leaders that we have had enough.”
This incident is one of at least 141 mass shootings that have occurred in America since 2009, and this event is the 21st mass shooting in 2015. A previously released report from Everytown for Gun Safety provides a comprehensive analysis of incidents in which four or more people were murdered with a gun, a widely used definition of mass shootings from the FBI. More information on gun violence in America is available here: Gun Violence By the Numbers.