GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
“Gun violence is real. People don’t come back.”
- Stevie Wonder
Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Gun violence has killed more than 38,000 people and caused nearly 85,000 injuries each year. Unfortunately, such violence impacts the lives of all those involved. Gun violence affects the millions of Americans who know the victim, witness the violence, or live in fear of the next shooting. Many people and organizations want to take a public health approach to this crisis as anyone can be affected by gun violence.
Unfortunately, gun violence prevention has been a hot topic and a political football for decades. Americans have been relying on the Federal Government to conduct or sponsor research into the cauzes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it. However, it wasn’t until 2019 when Congress specifically allocated funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for firearm research for the first time in more than 20 years. Hopefully, we are on the right path to find a way forward but we need to be doing more. We need to continue moving faster, talking louder, and being stronger in our efforts to prevent more gun violence. Together, we can bring change!
Sandy Hook Promise's mission is to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children.
Everytown For Gun Safety is the largest gun violence prevention organization. They are building a movement to pass gun safety laws, change how America thinks about gun violence and end gun violence.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation's oldest gun violence prevention organization. They are committed to addressing gun violence in all its forms — from suicide to intimate partner homicide to shootings in the communities that are most impacted by gun violence.