The Disproportionate Share of Young Black Men Who Die By Gunfire

"Of all black males between the ages of 15 and 24 that died in 2014, a majority — 54 percent — were killed with a gun." #ENOUGH

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North Carolina Teen Fights Gun Violence in His City

“After a spate of gun violence involving young people broke out in his "great small town" of Kinston, North Carolina in 2014, ABC reports that Chris didn't sit back, but instead jumped to action.

“Kinston Teens has helped more than 1,000 teens in two years by engaging them in their community rather than gangs. The organization has mentorship programs, community service projects like street cleaning, and even leadership summits.

“Chris has certainly given teens a seat at the table. In fact, just last week, he was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory as the youngest member of the Governor's Crime Commission.”

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The Question I Ask Before Every Playdate: Got Guns?

"No one has ever hesitated to answer. Even gun owners get it. Kids, guns — these two words couldn’t possibly even belong in the same sentence."

Join us to talk with other parents about the importance of asking about guns - ncgv@ncgv.org.

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10 Essential Facts About Guns and Suicide

Sept 5-12 is National Suicide Prevention Week.

“The statistics are bleak. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. From ages 10 to 34, it is the second leading cause. Last year, at least 40,000 people in the U.S. died by suicide. From 1999 to 2014, the suicide rate for men and women jumped 24 percent.

“A firearm is used in a small minority of all attempts, but because guns are incredibly lethal, they are responsible for more than half of all suicide deaths.”

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The Top Gun Industry Trade Group Just Pledged to Help to Prevent Nearly 10,000 Suicides

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry’s top trade group, is partnering for the first time with the country’s leading suicide prevention organization. The ambitious goal of the collaboration: averting nearly 10,000 deaths over the next decade.

 “’This isn’t giving up the firearm forever. It’s during that crisis,” Gebbia tells The Trace. “This is not a Second Amendment issue. It’s a way to make sure that people at risk of suicide shouldn’t have access to any of the means,’ he says.

“More than half of all suicides in the U.S. are carried out with a firearm. Bullets are exceptionally lethal: In 2014, about 87 percent of gun suicide attempts were fatal, compared to just three percent of attempts by drug overdoses, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control data.”

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Denied Service, Veteran Commits Suicide at Northport VA Hospital

“A Long Island military veteran committed suicide Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center after allegedly being denied service, according to a report in The New York Times.”

Twenty veterans die a day from suicide.

If you, or someone you know has risk factors of suicide, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)

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A Year Later, Father Of Slain Reporter Calls Out ‘Treasonous GOP’ For Inaction On Gun Violence

“’Momentum is on our side and it’s only a matter of time until we prevail,’ he said. ‘The needle has moved, and I’m not going to lose this fight. I’m Alison’s dad.’”

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There's scientific consensus on guns -- and the NRA won't like it

"I decided to determine objectively, through polling, whether there was scientific consensus on firearms. What I found won't please the National Rifle Association."

— David Hemenway, Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.

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An abuser’s best weapon: The murder that wiped out a Pa. family is a reminder that guns are too easy to get

“’When we say that a gun present in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that the woman will be murdered, that includes instances where the gun was purchased by the murderer, but also cases where the gun was purchased by the woman,”’he added.

"'Over the past 25 years, more intimate partner homicides in the U.S. have been committed with guns than with all other weapons combined,’ explains a report from Everytown For Gun Safety. ‘Women in the United States are eleven times more likely to be murdered with guns than women in other high-income countries.’ As Rosen noted, the presence of a gun quintuples the likelihood of a domestic violence victim being murdered."

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Imam and His Assistant Killed in a Shooting Near a Mosque in Queens

“A gunman shot and killed an imam and his assistant on the street near their mosque in a working-class corner of Queens on Saturday afternoon, the police said.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to these families and their communities.

This shooting reminds us that easy access to guns makes hate deadly. #‎DisarmHate

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