April 10, 2017—Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), and ARS’s partner organization, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, today responded to the tragic shooting at North Park Elementary in San Bernardino, CA, that left a teacher and student dead, and a second student in critical condition. The shooter, who had a history of domestic violence, targeted his estranged wife in her classroom, shooting her and two young schoolchildren before turning the gun on himself.

STATEMENT BY CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS

“Elementary school classrooms should be safe places, full of kindness—never horror. My heart is breaking for San Bernardino, which like so many communities around the country has mourned far too many innocent lives because a violent person was able to get their hands on a gun. We can no longer call events like this ‘unimaginable’ because they happen with alarming frequency. It’s time that all Americans have the courage to truly fight this crisis by standing up and demanding the smart gun laws we know save lives.”

STATEMENT BY ROBYN THOMAS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LAW CENTER TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE

“Guns and domestic violence are a lethal mix. American women are 11 times more likely to be killed by a gun than women in other developed countries, 57 percent of mass shootings begin as domestic violence incidents, and domestic abuse situations are five times more likely to be fatal when an abuser has access to a gun. And we know that getting your hands on a gun in America is far, far too easy, even if you have a history of violence like the man who attacked North Park Elementary today. We owe it to our children and communities to do everything we can to prevent tragedies like the one in San Bernardino this morning before they happen, and that means seriously addressing the weaknesses in our gun laws that enable deadly domestic violence and attacks on schoolchildren.”

RESOURCES FROM ARS & THE LAW CENTER