Young people are the number one group impacted by gun violence, according to the Center for American Progress. Gun violence impacts people between the ages of 15 and 24 more than any other type of violence. On average, approximately 33,000 people die and 70,000 are wounded by guns every year. Many activists and organizations are working to reduce gun violence by educating the public and advocating for stricter gun control laws.
Leah Gunn Barrett is the executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV). Her nonprofit organization recently released a video in which real people expected to purchase a gun for protection, but left after learning the tragic history behind each weapon. The video went viral.
This year, nearly 1,000 people have been killed by police officers in the United States, according to the Guardian’s new website, “The Counted.”
Today, the United States averages one mass shooting per day.
Kids respond to the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.