United states statistics
When we look exclusively at high-income countries and territories with populations of 10 million or more, the US ranks first
americans & GUNS
Guns are deeply ingrained in American society and the nation’s political debates. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to bear arms, and about 1/3 of U.S. adults personally own a gun. Since gun laws are regulated on a state level, gun laws vary from state to state. There are many federal firearm laws in place, and they apply to all 50 states, but beyond the laws set forth by the federal government, state gun laws cannot be changed by the federal government.
In an average year, 1,603 people die and 4,492 are wounded by guns in Georgia. Georgia has the 9th-highest rate of gun violence in the US. In Georgia, the rate of gun deaths increased 25% from 2010 to 2019, compared to a 17% increase nationwide.
WHO DOES GUN VIOLENCE AFFECT?
The rate of gun homicide among Black people in Georgia increased 50% from 2010 to 2019
Firearms are the leading cause of death for children and
teens. This is a uniquely American problem. Compared to other high-income countries, American children aged 5 to 14 are 21 times more likely to be killed with guns, and American adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 are 23 times more likely to be killed with guns
WHY HAS THIS ISSUE NOT BEEN
Gun violence receives less federal research funding than
most of the top 20 causes of death in the United States. In
2019 the House passed H.R. 8, a bipartisan background
check bill, weeks before the shooting. But the Senate has
failed to vote on the bill for over three years. There is also
more revenue being lobbied by gun rights advocates
compared to gun regulation advocates.
WAYS TO HELP END THIS
Label violence caused by the use of guns as a national
public health epidemic.
Fund appropriate research as part of the federal
Establish constitutionally appropriate restrictions on the manufacturing and sale, for civilian use, of large capacity magazines and firearms with features designed to increase their rapid and extended killing capacity
Participate in programs that address violence in your
Communicate with your local, state, and federal
officials about gun violence as a public health concern
GUN VIOLENCE IS A PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIC AND SHOULD BE TREATED ACCORDINGLY
Stopping gun violence
Among BlackPush's efforts to curve Gun Violence we are partnering with different organizations, promoting laws that will help combat violence and working to ensure that the second amendment is protected but not at the cost of lives to the community.
BlackPush advocates for:
Federal Red Flag Laws
Mandatory Background Check for all gun sales
Assault Weapons Ban
Purchase age raised to 21
Bump stock Bans
We also partnered with numerous organizations like Moms Demand Action and many others in an attempt to find solutions to this very serious problem.