The United States has a gun death rate 10 times greater than other high-income nations, and by early February, more Americans are killed with guns than are killed in our peer countries in an entire calendar year. That’s the sobering statistic guiding the inaugural “Gun Violence Survivors Week”, running from February 1 to February 8.
In a recent national poll, 58% of American adults reported that they or someone they care for has experienced gun violence in their lifetime. While mass shootings dominate headlines, gun violence takes many forms. More than 22,000 Americans die of suicide by firearm every year, and many more are killed in firearm-related accidents. Firearms are the second leading cause of death for children and teens and the first leading cause of death for Black children and teens in the U.S. Every year, nearly 3,000 children and teens are shot and killed, and approximately 15,600 are shot and injured.
Efforts to address gun violence issues are ongoing in Minnesota. Several proposed bills that tackle pieces of violence prevention, including “red flag” laws, are gaining bipartisan support.