National Gun Violence
Prevention Organizations Call for Effective Federal Assault Weapons Ban
in Wake of Alabama Rampage Shooting Leaving 11 Dead, Including Shooter
yesterday’s assault weapon rampage shooting in Alabama leaving 11 dead
including the shooter, America's leading national gun violence prevention
organizations--Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition to Stop
Gun Violence, Freedom States Alliance, Legal Community Against Violence,
States United to Prevent Gun Violence, and Violence Policy Center-- issued
the following joint statement:
go to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.
"The guns used
in yesterday's rampage shooting across Alabama--a Bushmaster AR-15-style
assault rifle and an SKS assault rifle--are military-bred firearms developed
for the specific purpose of killing human beings quickly and efficiently.
Yesterday's shooting is only the latest addition to a string of preventable
tragedies committed with these military-style weapons. America needs
an effective federal assault weapons ban to stop the mass production
and marketing by the gun industry of these anti-personnel weapons. Today
we call on the U.S. Congress to pass a federal assault weapons ban modeled
on California's effective law that would ban these weapons once and
to gun violence is not more guns. Alabama has one of the highest gun
ownership rates in the nation–more than 57 percent of the state's households
have guns–and some of the weakest gun laws in the country. At the same
time, its overall gun death rate for 2005 (16.18 per 100,000) ranks
it fifth in the nation. The sad truth is that America will continue
to experience these horrific events until Congress listens to the friends
and families of the 30,000 Americans who die from guns each year instead
of the National Rifle Association."
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.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Violence Policy Center
(202) 822-8200 x110