The long term impact of gun violence on survivors, family members, and witnesses.

 

Stephanie

Stephanie's daughter Dayla was killed when she was struck by a ricocheting bullet on Federal – and somewhat lawless – land. Her twin brother Joey was with her at the time.

An average of seven children and teens under the age of 20 are killed by guns every day... 11 times as often as children in other high-income countries
Debunking the “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People” Myth

Urban Violence

Contrary to how neatly the crisis of urban violence fits into the narrative of many, one can't talk about it fairly without talking about the ease with which guns flow into urban areas from states with weak gun laws. Chicago would not be "Chicago" without Indiana and the Northeast would not be awash in guns without the Iron Pipeline.

Without universal background checks that include private sales at gun shows and without tougher trafficking laws, there is virtually nothing stopping an individual from unloading legally-purchased guns on the streets of major cities... and profiting greatly in the process.

KAREN & AMY

Karen and Amy were watching a movie in an Aurora, CO theater when the shooting began. While not physically wounded, they bear the same emotional and psychological trauma as those that were.

They still regularly attend movies at that theater and sit in the very same seats.

Mass shootings are a largely American phenomenon. Despite having only 5% of the global population, the US accounted for 31% of all mass shootings from 1966 to 2012.

SANDY.

“If people only knew what it’s like to be in our shoes for even a day, this problem would be gone.”

10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down
The Truth about Background Checks
Stand Your Ground Makes No Sense 
 

Suicide

Often lost in the gun violence discussion is the fact that - every year - suicides make up appoximately 2/3's of the total gun deaths. While it's argued that this is a "mental health issue" and therefore has nothing to do with guns, what we know about the impulsive nature of suicide - coupled with research that says that most who attempt suicide with a method other than a gun and live do not try again - indicates otherwise.

Easy access to guns surely plays a role - as "the nine states (in America) that rank lowest in terms of gun prevalence are the very same nine that rank lowest for suicide rates. Similarly, the three states top-ranked for gun prevalence can be found among the four states ranking highest for suicide rates". (Source)

david

Shortly before using a gun to end his life, David’s son called the police to tell them where they could find his body— so his parents and brother wouldn’t worry.

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Suicide makes up over 60% of all gun related deaths. 

 
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