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The Connecticut chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after Connecticut lawmakers substantially increased funding for community-based violence intervention programs in the proposed budget for the coming year.
“Local violence intervention programs are one of the most effective ways to reduce gun violence,” said Kristy Fuller, a volunteer leader with the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action. “This is a vital step toward ending gun violence and saving lives. We applaud the chairs of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Cathy Osten and Rep. Toni Walker, and all of our lawmakers for proposing this funding and standing with the communities hit hardest by gun violence in their fight to end daily gun violence in Connecticut.”
Some of the investments include:
Every year hundreds of people are shot and killed or wounded in Connecticut. Gun violence costs Connecticut $1.4 billion each year, of which $60.4 million is paid by taxpayers. Read about gun violence in Connecticut here.
Did you know?
The US gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs
Last updated: 1.7.2021