According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gun violence in the United States claims the lives of over 30,000 people annually. This is a violent epidemic of extraordinary proportions.
There were 355 mass shootings in our nation in 2015. Twelve of those mass shootings — almost twice the per-state average — were in North Carolina. Gun violence affects people regardless of age, income, location, religion, and race.
There are steps we can take to stop this from becoming the new normal. We may not stop all gun violence, but common sense gun reforms can and do keep us safe. 87% of North Carolinians, 83% of gun owners, and 72% of NRA members support background checks for all gun sales
Mass shootings should not be a part of the American vocabulary and these attacks are far from normal.
Together we can take a stand against gun violence and call on our representatives for common sense gun reform. We all deserve to be kept safe here at home in our Tarheel state.
- There are more guns in the US than in any other modern industrialized country. (FBI Uniform Crime Report 1998).
- The firearm death rate in the U.S. for children 14 and younger is nearly 12 times higher than the combined rate in 14 other modern industrialized nations. (National Center for Injury Control & Prevention 2003)
- Guns are the only U.S. product (other than tobacco) exempt from Federal Safety oversight.
- Toy guns and teddy bears are regulated; real guns are not. (Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 2003)
- Over 1,000 North Carolinians die every year from gun violence. (Office of the NC Chief Medical Examiner 2005)
- North Carolina is the 5th leading source for crime handguns recovered in other states. (Columbia University School of Public Health 2003)