Stop Handgun Violence Response to Thousand Oaks Bar Mass Shooting

Boston, MA – This morning, news of another mass shooting broke, this time at a college bar in Thousand Oaks, CA. According to the Gun Violence Archive this is the 307th mass shooting in 2018. At least twelve were reported dead including a responding sheriff’s deputy.

“There are Mass shootings, 100 gun deaths and 250 gun injuries every day in the United States. It is a uniquely American problem and Congress is to blame. Every other developed Country has angry white men and mentally ill people but no other country arms them with easily concealed handguns and military style assault weapons without regulations and detection by law enforcement” said John Rosenthal, founder and chairman of Stop Handgun Violence. “While the shooter’s motives are still unclear, one thing is blatantly obvious: The time for action is now. Tuesday’s vote was largely a referendum on gun violence prevention and Americans overwhelmingly supported candidates that favored strong gun laws. The newly elected Congress must act on this issue as soon as they are sworn in. For decades, the majority in Congress have chosen blood money campaign contributions over public safety and the deadly consequences have reached a tipping point. It is clear that the current congress and President do not care and will not act against their gun industry benefactors. Until they do, we will continue to lose more Americans from gun violence every forty-five days than people killed by the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.”


Stop Handgun Violence (SHV) is a Massachusetts based non-profit organization committed to the prevention of gun violence through education, public awareness, effective law enforcement and common sense gun laws. SHV has been the lead advocate in Massachusetts for enactment of the most effective gun violence prevention laws and first in the nation consumer protection regulations. The organization does not seek to restrict Constitutional rights, but advocates only for common sense legislation that will help save lives. For more information, go to