In 2016,an average of 106 individuals died per day from firearm related deaths.
In 2016, 38,658 died from gun violence.
Of these deaths, 22,938 were suicides 14,415 were homicides
Across the United States, gunshots are fired every day. Lives are lost or forever changed in a matter of moments. Over 106 people die a day from gun violence. In 2016, more than 38,000 people were killed by a firearm.
Simply put, insufficient laws and unfettered access to guns are jeopardizing our right to live and to feel safe.
You have the right to go about your daily life in security, free from fear. You have the right to be free from discrimination, including from disproportionate rates of violence. And most fundamentally: You have the right to live.
No one’s rights can be considered secure as long as our leaders fail to do anything about gun violence. That’s where we come in.
With this report and campaign, we aim to offer steps that can be taken to fulfill human rights obligations and prevent violations, support life-saving solutions, amplify the voices of impacted communities who have been doing this work for decades, and drive a national dialogue using the framework of universally recognized human rights.
This is important even if you feel familiar with the subject, because we are approaching this issue through a human rights lens. The human rights framework is rarely referenced in the news, but we believe that using it could help find common ground on this polarizing topic.
Whether you’re a student, teacher or community member, you can start by talking with each other about what is going on in your community. This is one of the best ways to start organizing and connect with others who also want to act.
Now is the time to pass life-saving universal background checks: Tell your members of Congress to support these bills!