California Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Respond to Shooting of Cherry Bush, a 48-year-old Transgender Woman, in Los Angeles
The California chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement in response to the death of Cherry Bush, a 48-year-old transgender woman, who was shot and killed in Los Angeles, California in early July.
“Cherry’s life was priceless— and it was cut far too short,” said Rudy Espinoza,a volunteer with the California chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We live in a world where transgender and gender non-conforming people face the threat of violence for just existing and that’s unacceptable. For women like Cherry, we must keep fighting to end the epidemic of hate-fueled gun violence that plagues our nation.”
2021 was the deadliest year on record for trans and gender non-conforming people in the U.S., and transgender women of color were disproportionately impacted by the violence. Below are trends from 2017 to 2021 that researchers fear will continue in 2022:
There was an 93% increase in incidents of tracked transgender homicides from 2017 to 2021 (from 29 incidents in 2017 to 56 incidents in 2021).
Guns are the most frequently used weapon in the murder of trans people. Nearly three-fourths of trans people killed in America were killed with a gun. This violence is not evenly spread throughout the US.
Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Hispanic women are victims of homicide at the highest rates. 73% of gun homicides of transgender and gender-nonconforming people were of Black trans women.
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