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In Their Own Words: Talking to Gun Violence Survivors

In Their Own Words: Talking to Gun Violence Survivors

Survivors and family members of gun violence victims share their deeply personal experiences to guide others on how to create space, listen, and support survivors of gun violence.

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For those who have been directly affected by the gun violence epidemic, the deepest wounds are often the ones we cannot see or understand. Creating a supportive and compassionate environment for gun violence survivors and family members of gun violence victims can therefore be difficult, and when done incorrectly, may force a survivor into reliving trauma or reopening scars they are not ready to share. The Center for American Progress is centering the experiences of survivors in this video to shed light on the invisible harms of gun violence; provide guidance to those seeking to offer comfort; and share survivors’ wisdom on how we can create space for, listen to, and support survivors of gun violence.

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Nick Wilson

Senior Director, Gun Violence Prevention

Tymoni Correa-Buntley

Director, Digital Campaigns


Andrew Sonntag

Former Events Video Producer

Ala Al Sadi

Former Video Producer

Hai-Lam Phan

Senior Director, Creative

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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