Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Statement on Shooting of Trans Man in Akron
The Ohio chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both a part of Everytown for Gun Safety grassroots networks, released the following statement on the death of a transgender man in Akron, Ohio last month. As the Akron Beacon-Journal reported last week, the family of Brian Joseph Powers is still searching for answers after Powers, also known as “Egypt,” was shot and killed in downtown Akron on June 13. No suspects have been arrested for the shooting.
“Our hearts go out to Brian’s family as they continue to seek justice,” said Erin Dickinson, an Akron resident and volunteer with the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Trans people, particularly Black trans people, continue to live and thrive despite the constant threat of violence. They deserve our protection, and we will fight to make sure all of our communities are safe from senseless gun violence.”
Brian Joseph Powers was at least the nineteenth trans person killed nationwide this year, according to Everytown research accessible through EveryStat. News of his death comes as reports emerge that a trans woman, Tiffany Harris, was stabbed and killed this weekend in the Bronx.
Every day, more than 110 Americans are killed with guns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using five years of the most recent available data: 2016 to 2020. Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund