End America's Gun Epidemic
June is Gun Violence Awareness Month
By America's Charities on June 5, 2020
One silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic is the number of mass shootings in the U.S. plunged 24% in April from a year earlier as churches, malls, restaurants, schools and parks were shuttered and most businesses closed, according to a Bloomberg News analysis. Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic has converged with an ongoing crisis - our nation's gun epidemic: everyday gun violence, violence that results from domestic abuse, suicides, racial injustice, hate crimes against the LGBTQ community, and unintentional shootings.
Every day in the United States, over 300 people are shot, 103 of whom are killed. Data analyzed by Guns Down America from the Gun Violence Archive shows that nationally, fatalities from gun violence increased 14 percent in the first two weeks of April this year compared to the same period last year. Firearm fatalities rose by over 10 percent when compared to the first half of April 2018.
The United States is the only industrialized nation that faces these levels of gun violence, underscoring that this is a uniquely American but solvable problem.
Gun Violence Awareness Month is a time to promote greater awareness about gun violence and gun safety, bringing citizens and community leaders together to discuss how to make all of our communities safer, and put an end to people being hurt and killed by guns. Leading this charge is America's Charities' nonprofit member, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence reduces gun violence using a tripartite strategy that incorporates litigation, legislation, and education. Brady's strategy focuses on the common ground shared by most Americans: we need to keep guns out of the hands of those who would use them to harm themselves or others. They accomplish this through three campaigns that:
- Reduce the flow of crime guns into communities most heavily impacted by gun violence;
- Expand and protect the Brady background check system; and
- Change the cultural misconception that owning or carrying a gun makes you safer.
Click here to learn more about how Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is working to protect all Americans from guns and what you can do to help.
This June, you can participate in Gun Violence Awareness Month in a number of ways, including:
#WearOrange Throughout June: The first Friday in June, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, is a reminder to us all that our nation’s gun violence epidemic rages every day whether or not it is talked about or reported on. Advocate with others and #WearOrange on June 5 - and all throughout June - to honor this on-going effort and to honor all survivors and victims of gun violence.
June 21 is #ASKDay: Family fire is a shooting involving an improperly stored or misused gun found in the home that results in death or injury. Unintentional shootings, suicides, and intentional shootings are all forms of family fire. These tragedies are preventable. #ASKDay is when we remind parents & caretakers to ask, “Is there an unlocked gun in your home?” It’s a simple question, but it has the power to save a life. Click here to learn more.
Donate to Brady: Support the Brady Center's mission to reduce gun violence with a tripartite strategy that incorporates litigation, legislation, and education. One of the most cost-efficient ways you can support these nonprofits is to donate to them via payroll deduction through your employer's workplace giving program (Don't have a program? Click here to have your employer contact our team.)