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100 Days Since Newtown: More Than 2,200 Gun Deaths in the US

The event propelled women in Los Altos Hills and Los Altos, such as Sara Smirin, Kim Samek and Ronit Bodner, to the forefront of Moms Demand Action For Gunsense. Local moms are joining an event in downtown Palo Alto Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday marks 100 days since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

Despite public outcry for stricter gun laws—particularly limits on assault weapons—more than 2,200 people have been killed by guns in the United States since Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot twenty children and six educators, according to a tally by the Huffington Post.

To get the full effect of 100 days of gun violence, click the link above to Huffington Post (or here) and then the "Next" button for a graphic representation.

A similar project by Slate and Twitter feed @GunDeaths puts the total at 3,053 as of 9 a.m. Thursday.

Moms Demand Action on Gunsense picked up key leadership and members in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, who are among those planning "a family-friendly" march during the Thursday evening commute at 5:30 p.m. in Palo Alto to draw attention to the legislative efforts to stem gun violence. They planned to rally at Middlefield Road and University Avenue and march to Lytton Plaza to collect petition signatures. 

On the Mom's Demand Action Facebook page, they included the following message:

This is a family-friendly event, so please bring your kids and grandkids.

For the first time in years, the Senate is taking up serious gun violence prevention legislation. Join us and volunteers across the country to advocate for its passage.

In total, 355 people in California have died of gunshot wounds since the Sandy Hook mass murder. In addition to the Forestville slayings, many of the killings have been in the San Francisco Bay Area:

  • One in Campbell, the city's first homicide in six years.
  • Four in East Palo Alto.
  • One each in Burlingame, Marin City, Gilroy and Napa.
  • Nine in San Jose.
  • Four in Santa Cruz, including two police officers gunned down by a suspect in a sexual assault case.
  • Three in Watsonville.
  • Two in Santa Rosa.
  • Eight in San Francisco.

The Sandy Hook mass murder reignited the national debate on gun control, though some question if it's waning in the months since the school shooting.

The Senate is expected to vote month on a legislative package that includes provisions to expand background checks on gun purchases, creates new penalties for straw purchases and includes funding to bolster school safety, according to USA Today. The legislation does not ban assault weapons.

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