Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by gun violence, and the organizations fighting to stop gun violence before it happens are critically endangered at a time when they are needed most.
Many of these programs rely on public spaces and transportation to reach at-risk youth in distant areas. But because of COVID-19, these community organizations have had to cut staff, programming, and outreach, drastically affecting their ability to curb gun violence. Outreach workers are also acting as first responders in their community — mitigating violence AND the spread of COVID-19, as they continue to educate their communities on preventative measures such as masks and social distancing.
We know these programs can achieve sustained reductions in firearm violence. Congress should be treating gun violence as the human rights and public health crisis it is — instead of caving to the gun lobby and doing nothing.
Tell your Senators: Support $150 million in annual funding for gun violence prevention programs.