Alexandria, V.A. Mass Shooting

Julia Wyman
Executive Director
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
julia@ceasefireusa.org
401-644-9040  

STATES UNITED TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE STATEMENT ON MASS SHOOTING AT CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL PRACTICE IN ALEXANDRIA, V.A.

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 14, 2017 – States United to Prevent Gun Violence and our 32 state affiliates are deeply saddened that our elected officials, their staff and Capitol Police detail experienced the horrific mass shooting this morning – joining the unfortunate class of 33,000 Americans who die and 81,000 Americans injured by gun violence every year.  This shooting targeting our respected elected officials is a resounding reminder that even a setting filled with the most highly trained and alert “good guys with guns” is no match the lethal and overwhelming firepower of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the hands of a mass shooter – the same weapons of war used in 28 mass shootings since the massacre of 26 children and school teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School 4 years ago. 

It is unacceptable that law enforcement are forced to confront weapons of war in the hand of civilians in their line of duty.  It is worrisome that Congress is, today, considering passing a bill that will deregulate silencers – the very instruments that hinder police from identifying locations of shooters – a federal regulation that was designed to prevent ambushing of police. Our Congress needs to stand up to the gun lobby once and for all and ban sales of weapons of war to civilians and say no to deregulating silencers. 

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About States United to Prevent Gun Violence:

States United to Prevent Gun Violence (States United) is a national non-profit organization founded in 1999 by state gun violence prevention groups.  States United is the only organization representing state-led gun violence prevention groups. Its 32 State Affiliate organizations – together with allies in other state groups – are committed to a 50-state solution to gun violence. States United believes that strong state-based organizations that reflect the unique landscape of attitudes and challenges in each state are essential to building grassroots support and affecting legislative change at the state and national level.