Stop Gun and Gang Violence
NRA…Remind me again how long we’ve been fighting for Gun Control
In the weeks since a young gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, there has been a national reckoning from student – led rallies to the wall-to-wall media coverage to White House events ― all about gun violence and how to stop it.
For some of the activists who have long been mobilized around ending gun violence, the current wave of public attention and outrage over the issue is welcome. But, it also begs the question, “why has there’s been comparatively little attention and outrage focused on the more common reality of routine gun homicides throughout the country. An all too routine reality which disproportionately affect communities of color.
It is a fact that in America, black men and women are far more likely to be victims of lethal gun violence. Every year, there are more than six thousand black homicide victims across the nation. That means six thousand people whose lives have been needlessly cut short, who leave behind grieving families and devastated communities.
Meanwhile, today it remains easy to access the weapons used in the vast majority of these shooting: (Guns and Gangs). The NYPD has a gun buyback program where anyone can turn in any gun at their local precinct with no questions asked.
A handgun $200.00 – rifle or shotgun $20.00. This is a great way to remove guns from the street and out of the hands of the youth and away from street gangs. It is both alarming and unacceptable that black men, women, boys and girls, in America face a disproportionate chance of being murdered by illegally attained guns.
We must continue to work with anti-gun violence organizations and to sound the alarm on these senseless killing from the White House to every corner of every community in our country.
Organizations that advocate for safer streets such as Save Our Streets, Lay Your Guns Down, Fathers Alive in the Hood Movement, The Peacekeepers, Swag Star Nation, Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes, Man Up, The Joyce Foundation, N.Y. Against Gun Violence, Wheelchairs Against Guns, Groundswell Community Mural Project, Arts for Change and the list is endless can all come together so we can make a lasting change.
Photo: James Brady (The James Brady Bill) With President Regan