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The US has seen the collision of two major public health crises: COVID-19 and gun violence. A comprehensive understanding of how this collision will affect Americans and the factors driving the increase in gun violence during the pandemic is still developing, but there are a few takeaways: While millions of Americans rushed out to purchase new firearms in the middle of a global pandemic, thinking they were buying safety, research shows that they are in fact exposing themselves and their families to higher risks of suicide, homicide, unintentional shootings, and intimate partner violence.
On June 12, 2016, a man fatally shot 49 people and wounded 58 more at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, FL. The victims, primarily LGBTQ and Latinx, were senselessly killed in what was supposed to be a safe space while celebrating their shared identity and Pride month. This horrific tragedy changed the LGBTQ community forever, catalyzing the movement to unite behind gun violence prevention. Pulse is a reminder of the work that remains to end the acts of hate that wound and kill LGBTQ Americans today -- violence that all too often is perpetrated with guns.As the nation marks four years since this tragedy, we must never lose sight of the unfulfilled hopes, the families shattered and the love lost in this preventable act of mass murder. The thousands more killed by gun violence since Pulse underscore the glaring failure of our elected officials to take common sense steps to combat the scourge of gun violence that plagues our nation. Advocates and people across this country must remain as resolved as ever to honor those taken with action, and work to ensure that all of us may live safe from violence.
Everytown for Gun Safety has compiled scientific research on the impact of gun violence in America. There are data gaps that exist because of underfunding and incomplete data collection at the state and federal level. In order to fully understand the impact of gun violence in the US, it is important to fill these gaps. This report covers the following topics: gun deaths by intent, homicide, children and teens, and domestic violence.
Everytown for Gun Safety has compiled scientific research on gun violence in American Schools. Everytown for Gun Safety in collaboration with The American Federation of Teachers and The National Education Association have created a plan focused on interventions that can prevent mass shootings and gun violence in American Schools. This report covers the following topics: demonstrate what gun violence in American schools looks like, outline a plan to prevent gun violence in schools, and stop schools from arming teachers.
Everytown for Gun Safety has compiled scientific research on the impact of ghost guns on public safety. This report covers the following topics: survey of the rise in use and ease of availability of ghost guns, the status of ghost guns under the law, and recommendations for local, state, and federal government.
Half of all gun homicides in the United States take place in just 127 cities. Often, gun violence within these cities is concentrated in Black and Brown neighborhoods shaped by long-term underinvestment. The high rates of gun violence in urban pockets impact residents and exacerbate their need for assistance services in the aftermath of gun violence.Adequate funding is essential to providing robust, sustainable services to victims of gun violence. Local community-based organizations have been delivering these critical services for years, healing families and communities while preventing future gun violence. However, these local organizations are often underresourced and require additional funding to expand and sustain their positive impact.Since 2015, the federal government has allocated an annual average of $2.3 billion in Victims of CrimeAct (VOCA) victim assistance funds to states and territories. But states routinely fail to spend up to a third of available funds even as gun violence victims and their communities are in desperate need of resources. This failure to invest in gun violence victim services is a missed opportunity by states to serve victims, interrupt the cycle of gun violence, and reduce gun violence overall.Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and Cities United have identified federal VOCA victim assistance grants as a bountiful but underutilized resource for gun violence intervention services. This report details plans of action for states, cities, hospitals, and community-based organizations to utilize this funding for communities impacted by gun violence. If followed, these recommendations would reverse the historical failure of states to dedicate VOCA victim assistance dollars to gun violence victim services and enable them to seize an opportunity to make our communities safer, healthier, and more hopeful.Over the course of six months, Everytown and Cities United spoke with local organizations serving victims of gun violence about their experience with VOCA victim assistance funds. Some community-based organizations were unfamiliar with VOCA victim assistance funding as an available resource. Many that did know about the funds had difficulty obtaining them, while others did not have the capacity and infrastructure to comply with the grant requirements. Still, others advocated for years in front of state administrators before obtaining funding.We also spoke with VOCA state administrators, some of whom were implementing innovative grant programs to drive funding to gun violence victims. These grant programs should serve as models for the majority of states who have failed to utilize the funding to address the needs of gun violence victims.Everytown and Cities United found that VOCA victim assistance funding can and should be utilized to support services to gun violence victims and to help stem cycles of violence. Among the gun violence intervention services eligible for victim assistance funding are: Hospital-based violence intervention programs; Street outreach programs such as Cure Violence; and Trauma recovery centers.
Everytown for Gun Safety has compiled scientific research on the impacts of gun violence against women in America. This violence has an impact on families and communities across the United States. This report covers the following topics: creating laws that protect the victim from the abuser, enforcing existing state firearm relinquishment laws, strengthening the federal background check system, requiring dealers to notify state or local law enforcement when abusers try to buy guns with bad background checks, and comprehensive research on guns and intimate partner violence.
Everytown for Gun Safety has compiled scientific research on the impacts of gun violence on this country coupled with stories of gun violence from Americans of all backgrounds, to demonstrate the magnitude of such violence and its lasting impacts on Americans and the communities we call home. This report covers the following topics: gun suicides, gun homicides, gun injuries, gun violence and children and teens, domestic violence and guns, hate crimes with guns, and costs of gun violence.
Everytown For Gun Safety conducted a comprehensive analysis of every mass shooting between January 2009 and July 2015 that was identifiable through FBI data and media reports. This report describes the 133 mass shootings -- almost two per month that occurred in 39 states in the nearly seven-year period. Each description includes the location of the shooting, number of people killed and/or injured, and information on the shooter, gun(s), ammunition, and gun purchase, where available.The FBI defines "mass shooting" as any incident where at least four people were murdered with a gun. Everytown For Gun Safety reviewed mass shootings in the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports from 2009-2012 and searched the media for further details about these incidents as well as for mass shootings that occurred in 2013 -- 2015.This survey includes every shooting we identified in which at least four people were murdered with a gun. And the findings reveal a different portrait of mass shootings in America than conventional wisdom might suggest.
To better assess the dynamics of domestic violence gun homicides in Arizona, Everytown collaborated with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) to closely examine intimate partner gun homicides in Arizona between 2009-2013. This research is the first and most comprehensive of its kind for the state. The incidents documented in this report, and the data drawn from them, vividly illustrate that Arizona needs an improved approach to addressing the threat gun violence poses for victims of domestic violence