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Violence Policy Center Statement on Mass Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida

WASHINGTON - Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida with an AR-15 style assault rifle that left 17 dead and more than 15 wounded, Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann issued the following statement:

“Our nation mourns once again a horrific loss of life that should be unthinkable, yet is becoming routine.  Assault weapons, like the AR-15 style weapon used in yesterday’s attack, are military bred firearms designed for a specific purpose:  to kill as many people as possible in as short an amount of time as available. Mass shooters utilize guns like the AR-15 because of their specific anti-personnel design characteristics.  We cannot talk about effective solutions to stopping these types of attacks without addressing the tools that make them possible. Until assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines are banned, these attacks will continue to threaten our public life and define our nation.”


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