“An investment into local gun violence prevention strategies is an investment in the livelihood of our communities,” said Maria Pike, a Senior Fellow with the Everytown Survivor Network, and volunteer with the Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action. “These are evidence-based solutions that save lives. The Cook County Board has set an example for other communities struggling with gun violence, and we applaud their efforts.”
“If we want to end gun violence, local gun violence intervention programs must be at the forefront of that fight,” said Catherine Richards, a Cook County resident and volunteer leader with Wilmette Students Demand Action. “This is an important step to addressing this public health crisis disproportionately impacting Black people in Illinois. Other counties should quickly follow this lead.”
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