WICHITA, Kan., Feb. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Everytown Survivor Network and the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, both a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today responded to the shooting in which an Excel Industries employee killed three and injured fourteen. The shooter was killed by officers responding to the scene. More information on gun violence in America is available here: Gun Violence By the Numbers.
The Everytown Survivor Network and the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action are organizing care card events throughout the state to show support for the families of the victims and the Hesston community. The first event is tonight at 7:00pm in Wichita at the Woodland United Methodist Church. More details below.
STATEMENT FROM TONYA BOYD, MEMBER OF THE EVERYTOWN SURVIVOR NETWORK IN KANSAS:
"Today more families in Kansas wake up knowing what it's like to live without a loved one. When my daughter was shot and killed, I knew my life and her children's lives would never be the same. It's a feeling I would wish on no one. My prayers are with those in Hesston who are freshly experiencing a trauma thousands of Americans know all too well. We have to do more to reduce gun violence. This is not a hopeless fight. There are reasonable steps we can take that will save lives. As a member of the Everytown Survivor Network in Kansas, I am committed to demanding more of our Kansas legislators. If what happened yesterday upsets you, I encourage you to get involved and do your part to prevent future tragedies."
STATEMENT FROM REV. MICHELLE REED, VOLUNTEER LEADER WITH THE KANSAS CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION IN WICHITA:
"You never think it will be your community and then suddenly it is. While we search for answers on how and why this happened, there are some things we know for sure. We know that 91 Americans die every day from gun violence. And we know that our legislators here in Kansas are not doing near enough to keep us safe. As we come together to heal, we must also come together to take action. There is no one solution to stop all gun violence, but we must demand that our Kansas lawmakers take responsible steps to help keep guns out of dangerous hands. We can all do more to reduce gun violence."
WICHITA CARE CARD EVENT DETAILS
WHO: Kansas gun violence survivors and volunteers with the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
WHEN: Today, Friday, February 26th at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Woodland United Methodist Church
1100 W 15th St N, Wichita, KS 67203
CONTACT: Taylor Maxwell, Deputy Press Secretary, Everytown for Gun Safety, 704.975.4589
About Everytown for Gun Safety
Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than three million supporters and more than 100,000 donors including moms, mayors, survivors and everyday Americans who are fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and help save lives. At the core of Everytown are Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Everytown Survivor Network. Learn more at www.everytown.org and follow us @Everytown
About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than three million members and more than 100,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter at @MomsDemand
About the Everytown Survivor Network
The Everytown Survivor Network brings together Americans who have been personally affected by gun violence to work together to fight for solutions to prevent the gun violence that kills 88 Americans and injures hundreds more every day. The Survivor Network connects people who have been shot and loved ones of those who have been shot or killed to build community and empower survivors to become advocates and leaders in the gun violence prevention movement. The Survivor Network, along with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than three million members and more than 100,000 donors. To learn more about Everytown's work with survivors or to join the Survivor Network, please visit www.everytown.org/survivors.
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SOURCE Everytown for Gun Safety; Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America