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ABC News: COVID-19’s impact could include 20 more firearm suicides per day this year, analysis shows

The study comes from the research arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, a non profit organization which advocates for gun control. Researchers at Everytown looked back at prior crises that led to massive unemployment, including the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Recession that ended in 2010. The Great Recession, for example, led to an estimated 4,750 additional deaths by suicide — though not all specifically by firearms. Based on Everytown’s research of the impacts of unemployment on suicide from past recessions, the researchers estimate this economic downturn could lead to a 20 to 30% increase…


Medium: Americans Want Gun Safety and This Is The Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes — Six Things I Learned From National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Gun violence survivors push us forward. June is an important month for gun violence survivors. It’s when we marked National Gun Violence Awareness Day and gathered for Wear Orange weekend to honor the more than 100 Americans who are shot and killed on average each day, as well as the hundreds more who are shot and wounded. On June 12, survivors and families marked four years since the horrific shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and wounded 58 more, many of them LGBTQ and Latino.


USA Today: My mom was killed in the Mother Emanuel church shooting. We must disarm racism and hate.

“This is the time to address these problems –– by protesting, by voting, by addressing loopholes like the one that killed my mom and cousins five years ago and by dismantling the systems of oppression that African American communities face every day. But like so many of these problems that kill Black people in America, the Charleston loophole has gone unaddressed –– even as the other victims’ families and I have continually called out for action.” Read the full article here.


The Advocate: On Pulse Anniversary, a Call for LGBTQ+ Support for Gun Reform

“Fifty-one years after a Black trans woman led an uprising against police discrimination and violence at the Stonewall Inn, the LGBTQ community — and especially trans people of color — are still the targets of hate-fueled violence, which often involves a gun,” added John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “This year, Everytown renews our commitment to disarming hate and pushing federal lawmakers to close the giant loophole that allows people convicted of violent or threatening hate crimes to buy guns.”…


Parents: The Story Behind National Gun Violence Awareness Day is About Saving Black Lives

“Hadiya has inspired a movement of thousands of Americans to wear orange with the belief that we can and must end gun violence. It would be awesome to share with her what has been accomplished in her absence. But when remembering our daughter, who was smart, athletic, a fierce friend, a loving sister, daughter, and much more, we are not surprised that she has had such an impact on the world. She often declared that she would be a household name—but who knew at what cost.”…


Tennessean: Exclusive: 86 Tennessee business owners voice opposition to permitless carry bill

“Frank Grant, owner of Nashville-based Grant Ventures, started the letter, which grew from communication among business leaders with some assistance from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, a group that lobbies for gun control. The letter is also supported by Everytown for Gun Safety, a national nonprofit that advocates for more thorough background checks and education in an effort to reduce gun violence.”…


Allure: Why These Allure Staffers #WearOrange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day

“Gun violence is a worldwide issue, but in the United States, it is particularly unique. Written into our constitution is the right to bear arms — a right that a certain segment of the population, along with organizations backed by major dollars, thinks should be unfettered. The lack of regulation and the partisan, politically-charged conversation behind it have had devastating results: We live in a country where, according to Everytown, an organization that researches and aims to reduce gun violence, about three million children witness gun violence a year, a third of homicides are gun deaths, and…


Elite Daily: On Gun Violence Awareness Day 2020, I’m Grieving All Over Again

“I don’t pretend to fathom the grief the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are feeling right now. But I can empathize with them, and I often do. When I was just 16 years old, I lost my friend, Hadiya Pendleton, to reckless gun violence. She was only 15 years old. Hadiya and a few other friends were trying to shelter from the rain in a playground near our Chicago high school when she was shot and killed on Jan. 29, 2013. The bullets weren’t meant for her, but as so many of us have bitterly…


PEOPLE: Sophia Bush Owns a Gun — and Says She Wants ‘Much Stricter Legislation Around Gun Ownership’

The nearly lifelong gun owner also sits on the Creative Council for Everytown for Gun Safety. “I’m a really passionate advocate for responsible gun ownership and for much stricter legislation around gun ownership,” Bush says. “It feels a bit mental that we wouldn’t regulate guns in the same way that we regulate cars, for example. You have to pass a test, have insurance, get your qualifications checked.”…