There have been 60 mass shootings in the United States since the January 8, 2011, massacre in Tucson, Arizona.
Below are three from recent weeks. Click here for the entire list since 2005.
– Chicago, IL: Four youngsters were among the latest victims caught in Chicago’s gun violence epidemic, including two middle school-aged girls who were wounded in a neighborhood park on the Far South Side.
– Dover, DE: At a weekend soccer tournament in Delaware, three people died and two were wounded. The dead included the tournament organizer, a 16-year-old boy participating in the tournament and one of three suspects alleged to have initiated the deadly violence Sunday afternoon at a park near downtown Wilmington.
– Seattle, WA: 40-year-old Ian Stawicki entered a Seattle cafe on Wednesday and opened fire, killing four people. He then left Cafe Racer, killing another person during a carjacking before taking his own life.
» Mass Shootings in the United States Since 2005 (62 pages, PDF)
Jim and Sarah Brady put out a Saturday morning statement on the Aurora violence:
“We are praying for the victims and their families in Aurora and understand the pain they are feeling and will feel for years to come.
Congress has done nothing since the mid-1990s to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We pledge to keep fighting the NRA and entire gun lobby in an effort to strengthen our background checks to include all firearm purchases, ban assault clips with large magazines that enable mass killers, and to make it more difficult to obtain concealed carry permits.
Every person who agrees with us needs to contact their individual representatives and senators and let them know you are outraged over their caving to the gun lobby. Do it today and do it often in the future. Letters to your local newspaper are a big help as well. Be sure to get your friends and families involved in our efforts too.
We can win this fight, with your voices and your action.”
Taking Action: In Wake of Aurora Shooting, Americans Signing Petition for Change
It’s time Congress listened to the American people and not the narrow and dangerous interests of the gun lobby. Too many politicians are doing the bidding of NRA and subscribing to their dark and paranoid vision of America where people are armed to the teeth anywhere they go.
We want a different vision of America where a kid like Trayvon Martin can go to the store and buy a pack a Skittles and an iced tea without getting shot.
It’s time we made our voices heard! Sign the petition to let our elected officials know they will not get your vote in November unless they make a commitment to keep dangerous guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
If they don’t, they won’t get your vote!
» Sign the Petition
» Click here to read the Statement by Brady President Dan Gross on Aurora shooting
» Click here for a History of Mass Shootings in the U.S. since 2005
» Click here to learn more about the history of the Brady Campaign and the gun control movement
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