THREE WEEKS, ONE PROBLEM: GUN VIOLENCE | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

THREE WEEKS, ONE PROBLEM: GUN VIOLENCE

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
Phone: 724-612-3453

THREE WEEKS, ONE PROBLEM: GUN VIOLENCE

WASHINGTON - Three awareness weeks share the first days of April and a common epidemic, gun violence. Youth Violence Prevention Week, National Crime Victims Week, and National Public Health Week are observed the first week of the month and gun violence is a serious, underlying problem shared by all three.

Each year, more than 33,000 Americans are shot and killed. Many, many more survive shootings with lifelong injuries.

Brady Center president Dan Gross said, "Gun violence creates hundreds of thousands of victims each year. They're kids and adults, young and old. This epidemic is a crisis that finds its victims in every corner of the country; it doesn't matter who you are. Like most epidemics, we're all at risk. But it is preventable. By working together to pass smart policy, we can keep guns out of dangerous hands and educate Americans on the deadly risks of keeping a gun in the home."

The epidemic strains an American healthcare system just trying to keep up. Taxpayers have picked up nearly half of the $6.6 billion billed treating gun violence injuries over an eight-year period, according to new numbers from the American Journal of Public Health. Gunshot injuries are costing Americans $730 million in healthcare costs each year.

And earlier this week, Brady released a report detailing the 558 gun incidents in America's grade schools this academic year alone.

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The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.

About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.