Among developed countries the United States ranks a sad #1 in gun deaths.
|PROBLEM: There are too many victims of gun violence because we make it too easy for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons in America.|
|DID YOU KNOW? In one year on average, almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun.
DID YOU KNOW? Where there are more guns, there are more gun deaths.
DID YOU KNOW? On the whole, guns are more likely to raise the risk of injury than to confer protection.
DID YOU KNOW? Assaults and suicide attempts with firearms are much more likely to be fatal than those perpetrated with less lethal weapons or means. Removing guns saves lives.
DID YOU KNOW? Guns can be sold in the United States without a background check to screen out criminals or the mentally ill.
SOLUTION: We need to make it harder for convicted felons, the dangerously mentally ill, and other prohibited persons to obtain guns by implementing strong gun laws and policies that will protect our families and communities from gun violence.
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