Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Guns kill more than 38,000 people and cause nearly 85,000 injuries each year. As a longtime advocate for violence prevention policies, APHA recognizes a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing crisis is necessary.
In Solidarity with Victims of Gun Violence and Racially Motivated Acts of Violence
The mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, killing ten Black Americans, took place on May 14, 2022. The following day, one person was killed and five others were wounded when a man walked into a church and tried to kill congregants based on their ethnicity. Ten days later, at least 21 children and teachers were killed in an elementary school in Texas. The burden of repeated acts of gun violence on communities across America has left many reeling. The Marin Community Foundation stands in solidarity with the families and communities who have lost loved ones to acts of gun violence.
The data on gun violence and racially motivated gun violence in America are alarming...
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Gun violence is an important national problem leading to more than 31,000 deaths and 78,000 nonfatal injuries every year. Although the rate of gun homicides in the United States has declined in recent years, U.S. rates remain substantially higher than those of almost every other nation in the world and are at least seven times higher than those of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and many others (see Alpers & Wilson).
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