“Let’s S.A.V.E. Lives Together” – Gun Violence Research AdOn March 6, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
“A weekend of gun violence…” (overlapping news reports) “This is a sickness that has infected the country.” “Unchecked and unfettered gun violence.” In 2017, 109 people a day were killed by guns. That’s 763 people per week, 3,052 people per month. 39,773 Americans per year. Three quarters of all U.S. murders and half of all suicides involved a gun. And each month, about 52 women are shot and killed by their intimate partner. These statistics are some of the only information we have. We know that gun violence is destroying families and threatening communities every day. And yet, we know more about stopping deaths from showers, high chairs, and car accidents than we do about firearms. We just don’t have enough information on the situation. And it’s because the government isn’t treating gun violence like a problem. But we can fix this. We’ve reduced deaths from car accidents by 85% in the last 60 years by investing in research. We can do the same for gun violence. We can open the door for gun violence research because we need to know more. For the safety of our families, our friends, and our neighbors. For the safety of all Americans.