By Jueseppi B.
Moms Demand Action’s Statement on the Shooting Death of Colorado High School Student Claire Davis
By Moms Demand Action
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America:
Shannon Watts, (404) 580-3500
As mothers, we are devastated by the death of Claire Davis, a 17-year-old high school student who was shot and killed in the sanctity of her American high school on Dec. 13, the day before the year anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Today we are all Claire’s mother, and we are enraged by the continued inaction of our Congress, who sit by as eight children or teens are shot and killed every day. What does it say about our country that we consider our children’s lives so expendable?
Claire was murdered by an 18-year-old high school senior who was legally able to purchase a shotgun and ammunition. The gunman would have had to be 21 to purchase a handgun. This shooting, the 28th school shooting in America since Newtown, underscores yet again an urgent need for federal and state legislative action on new and stronger gun laws that will address the epidemic of gun violence that threatens the safety of our children and families.
In honor of Claire’s life, cut short by a shooting that was avoidable and senseless, and all of the victims of gun violence in our country, American mothers will continue to fight for gun reform until Congress and our state legislatures enact real, meaningful solutions.
How many more innocent children must we lose to gun violence so the NRA and it’s corporate masters, the gun manufactures, can make billions of dollars in profits? Claire Davis fought for 8 days to live after taking a shotgun blast to her head by a crazed fellow student. When will WE THE PEOPLE start to fight so her murder will not be in vain?
Claire Davis, the 17-year-old who was shot in the head by a classmate at Arapahoe High School, died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials said.
Davis was shot at point-blank range by Karl Halvorsen Pierson, 18, who then turned the gun on himself. Pierson had reportedly been searching for his debate coach when he entered the school Dec. 13.
Since the shooting, the community has rallied around Davis, with Twitter users taking up the hashtag #PrayForClaire.
About 500 students held a candlelight vigil last Saturday for Davis outside the school, where they had inserted flowers into a chain-link fence to form the message “4 CLAIRE.”
The announcement of Davis’ death comes just two days after students were allowed back on the Centennial, Colo., campus for the first time since the shooting to retrieve belongings.
According to the hospital’s Facebook page, a public celebration of Claire’s life will be announced later. The hospital will continue to accept cards for the Davis family in the “Cards for Claire” box at its main entrance.
Statement from the Davis Family:
It is with unspeakable sadness that we write and say that Claire has passed away from the gunshot wound she received at Arapahoe High School on December 13, 2013. Although we have lost our precious daughter, we will always be grateful for the indelible journey she took us on over the last 17 years—we were truly blessed to be Claire’s parents. The grace, laughter and light she brought to this world will not be extinguished by her death; to the contrary, it will only get stronger.
Last week was truly a paradox in that we lost our daughter, yet we witnessed the wonderful love that exists in the world through the tremendous outpouring of support we received. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the first responders, the school resource officer, security guard and vice principal at Arapahoe High School, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office, and the physicians, nurses and staff at Littleton Adventist Hospital.
Each played a significant role in giving Claire a chance to live, and demonstrated extreme amounts of professionalism, courage and love. Please know that we will never forget the extraordinary work you did on Claire’s behalf.
We ask that you give us time to grieve the death of our daughter by respecting our wishes for privacy.
With much loving-kindness,
The Davis Family