Gun Violence Awareness MonthAmericans are 25% more likely to die or be injured by a gun than everyone else in the developed world. Let's talk about that.
June is Gun Violence Awareness Month.
Gun Violence has a huge physical, emotional, and financial impact on Americans. “Every day, 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured. The effects of gun violence extend far beyond these casualties—gun violence shapes the lives of millions of Americans who witness it, know someone who was shot, or live in fear of the next shooting.” Source: Giffords Law Center
Please join us in recognizing Gun Violence Awareness Month.
In 2018, 594 Ohioans died as a result of gun violence, including 170 children. Each streamer remembers one of these souls.
Things to Remember:
* In 2018, 14,734 people died by Gun Violence in America and 28,189 people were injured.
* An average of 100 Americans are killed by guns every day.
* 58 percent of American adults or someone they care for have experienced gun violence in their lifetime
* In 2018, 594 Ohioans died as a result of gun violence, including 170 children.
* Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens and the first leading cause of
for Black children and teens
* Nearly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides.5The U.S. gun suicide rate is 10 times that of other high-income
* 600 Each year, at least 600 women in America are shot and killed by an intimate partner—that’s one woman
every 16 hours.
* In Ohio, the directly measurable cost of gun violence is $2.7 billion per year.
Things to DO:
* Learn: Find out more about the issues. Check out the Gun Violence page on the church website
* Encourage all gun owners to store guns safely
* Support gun safety kit giveaway programs through Project ChildSafe and others
* Advocate for Living Wage laws and other policies that address poverty
* Support the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws and the Dickey Amendment.
* Advocate for Universal background checks
* Support Red Flag laws and centralized reporting to increase their effectiveness
* Email, call, or write letters to lawmakers to share your opinions
* Support programs that teach positive social and emotional skills
* Support and care for children any way you can: mentor, tutor, send notes, make cookies, coach, volunteer for
VBS, donate to children’s support programs—An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
* Love Your Neighbor
Children, Teens and Guns
Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention