Statement of National
Gun Violence Prevention Organizations in Wake of Northern Illinois University
yesterday's mass shooting at Northern Illinois University which left six
dead, including the shooter, and 16 wounded, America's leading national
gun violence prevention organizations, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Violence Policy
Center, issued the following joint statement:
go to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.
America is in a
gun crisis. Yesterday's shooting at Northern Illinois University was
the sixth mass shooting in less than two weeks. On college campuses,
in malls and stores, and in our neighborhoods, our nation is paying
the ultimate price for the ease with which we allow almost anyone access
to increasingly powerful weaponry. Yet all too many of our elected officials
remain deaf to the daily toll guns exact across our nation. Mass shootings
are not a force of nature unstoppable by man. They are the predictable
result of our nation's weak gun policies, and much can be done to prevent
To prevent future
mass shootings we must begin to ratchet down the firepower that is available
to civilians. For years, we have outlined proposals to reduce gun violence.
We call on the presidential candidates to make gun violence prevention
a priority issue. We demand that Congress hold hearings on gun violence
prevention. And we urge federal and state policymakers to act immediately
to implement policies such as those outlined below that will work to
reduce the carnage:
- An effective ban
on all semiautomatic assault weapons. In addition, the Bush Administration
should act immediately to better enforce the existing federal ban on
the importation of foreign-made assault weapons.
- A complete ban
on high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
- Ensure that all
gun sales at gun shows are subject to a background check.
- Establish a system
whereby university officials are notified when a student purchases a
gun from a gun dealer."
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Violence Policy Center
(202) 822-8200 x109