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Gun Violence Survivors Share Their Messages to Lawmakers

Gun Violence Survivors Share Their Messages to Lawmakers

In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Month, gun violence survivors from across the country share their messages to elected officials and demand they take action to save lives.

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Every year, nearly 49,000 people are killed by guns, and many more are shot and live with ongoing physical and psychological wounds. June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month and to commemorate this month of reflection and honor it with action, the Center for American Progress is centering the voices of gun violence survivors to share their messages for lawmakers. While each survivor’s story is unique, they all have one thing in common: They are tired of inaction and demand elected officials strengthen gun laws and invest in proven strategies to prevent future tragedies.

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Nick Wilson

Senior Director, Gun Violence Prevention

Tymoni Correa-Buntley

Director, Digital Campaigns


Andrew Sonntag

Former Events Video Producer

Hai-Lam Phan

Senior Director, Creative

Ala Al Sadi

Former Video Producer

Toni Pandolfo

Video Producer, Production


Gun Violence Prevention

Our goal is to reduce gun violence by enacting strong gun laws, increasing investment in local solutions, and growing the movement dedicated to this mission.

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Every day, 132 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and wounded. That means that every 11 minutes, families and communities across the country are forever changed by gun violence.

To create healing, solidarity, and progress, we must listen to those affected directly by the gun violence epidemic. By bringing these stories to the forefront of our discussions on gun violence, we can highlight the specific needs of at-risk communities and advocate for a more informed and survivor-focused approach to building safer communities.


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