Day 25 – Remove guns from your home
It is very tempting to believe that carrying a gun will protect you, but statistics are very, very clear that’s not true. A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to shoot a family member or a friend than an intruder. People in possession of a gun are 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault than someone who is not in possession. Including officer-involved shootings, there are four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides for every one self-defense shooting in the U.S. Women who have abusive current or ex- husbands or boyfriends are five times as likely to be killed if their abuser owns a gun (statistics on male abuse survivors and those whose abusers are female are not currently available; nor are stats on trans people in abusive relationships). Every day in the U.S. there are, on average, 30 gun homicides and 60 gun suicides.
Of the 21 American transwomen who were killed in 2015 and listed in a report by the Human Rights Campaign and Trans People of Color Coalition, 11 of them were shot to death.
You may not be aware just how strong the gun lobby protects its profits. You may know, for example, that the Gun Control Act of 1968 forbid the federal government from establishing a database of gun purchasers. But did you know that in 1996 Congress halted all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research on firearm-related injuries and deaths? Or that in 2011, it extended that research restriction to any research funded by the Department of Health and Human Services? These restrictions aren’t about protecting the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms; they are aimed at suppressing information so the public doesn’t demand even small controls like background checks and waiting periods.
Here are some actions you can take:
- Get guns out of your house. This article gives seven ways you can safely dispose of guns: http://www.care2.com/causes/7-things-to-do-with-your-unwanted-guns.html
- Sign the Organizing for Action petition urging Congress to do something about gun violence:
- Organize with others who are concerned about gun violence. This list seems to include organizations both for and against gun control, but is a good place to start: https://www.dmoz.org/Regional/North_America/United_States/Society_and_Culture/Politics/Issues/Gun_Control/Advocacy_Groups/
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