Why We Act

Gun violence doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

Our black and brown communities are plagued with guns dumped in their neighborhoods by gun traffickers who are just looking to make a quick buck.

Dreamers often live in neighborhoods where gun violence is rampant and because of policies that force Dreamers and their families into the shadows, their pleas for a safer community are often ignored.

Because of who they love, the LGBTQ+ community has been targeted--the most high profile example being the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando which killed almost 50 people.

Domestic violence gun deaths plague the nation and particularly impact women. Women who live in a home where guns are present are three times more likely to be killed than women in homes without a gun.

 

Key Facts

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  • Black men are 13 times more likely than white men to be shot and killed with a gun.
  • African American children have the highest rate of gun deaths compared to their peers. The gun homicide rate for African American kids is 4 times higher than that of Hispanic children, and 10 times the rate of white children.

  • In 2016, there was a record number of hate motivated killings against the LGBTQ community, which included the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

  • 2017 was the second deadliest year for the LGBTQ community on record with more than two-thirds of those victims being from communities of color. 

  • A woman is shot and killed by a current or former partner every 16 hours

  • Women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun compared to a woman in a similar country.