On July 16, a young man opened fire in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing 4 people and injuring 3 others. The next day, another man shot 4 people in Northern Maine. These mass murder “spree killings” are deplorable acts that are sadly not a rare occurrence in our country. We send our condolences to the families of the victims and the survivors. Their pain is deep and will last long after the media spotlight subsides.
Though covered with great attention by the media, mass shootings are not the whole story of gun violence in our country. Each day, 32 individuals die as a result of firearm-related homicide or legal intervention, and another 58 die by firearm-related suicide (CDC WISQARS). Many more survive but with life altering injuries. In each one of these shootings, families and their communities are also greatly harmed and deeply impacted. In an effort to capture the stories behind these shootings that take place in Los Angeles that do not get as much media attention, The L.A. Times Homicide Report chronicles the stories of each homicide victim in Los Angeles. We are grateful to you, our members, who are working on a daily basis to address the violence, promote healing, and prevent future tragedies.
We stand firm in our commitment to ending the gun violence epidemic. Please join us on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 9:30am at L.A. City Hall as we stand with those supporting new gun violence prevention measures that will save lives.