Saturday, March 24, 2018, student and youth activists rallied their March for Our Lives movement to large crowds nationwide.
Their motivation is clear: Enough is enough. The need for gun control and gun reform, including background checks are necessary interventions that might prevent and or curtail irresponsible and malicious gun use.
Gun violence is prevalent in school shootings, Domestic Violence, and arguably police brutality, in particular the shooting of unarmed Black men, the impetus for Black Lives Matter. The increase of violence in these three areas has been alarming, disturbing, and seemingly ignored.
Below are statistics that support the need for protests, marches, and movements that would hopefully create opportunities for productive solution-driven conversations.
Gun Violence Statistics
School shootings: 306 School shootings in America since 2013. Source: https://everytownresearch.org/school-shootings/
Guns in Domestic Violence: The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%. Source: https://ncadv.org/statistics
Shooting of unarmed Black men: "Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police in the United States than white people. More unarmed black people were killed by police than unarmed white people last year. And that's taking into account the fact that black people are only 14% of the population ..." Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32740523
Whether we agree or disagree with the mission and vision for marches, protest, and movements with purpose, safety in communities, and brighter futures are paramount.
Lastly, student and youth activists deserve praise for their courageous efforts to be heard.