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THE ISSUES

Gun Violence Prevention

QUICK STATS

  • Guns are the 2nd leading cause of death for young Americans
  • More Americans commit suicide with a firearm than are murdered by one (2:1 ratio)
  • 90% of Americans believe in comprehensive gun violence background checks
  • Transgender people are 3.7 times more likely to experiences police violence

HATE CRIMES

49 Latinx and LGBTQ+ people were killed in the Pulse Nightclub shooting massacre in 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The gunman used an assault-style weapon. 

Data from the US Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs on anti-LGBT homicides in the last year reveals that “72% of homicide victims were transgender women, and 67% were transgender women of color” 

Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicates that lesbian, gay, bi+, and transgender (LGBT) people are “the most likely targets of hate crimes in America” (Mykhyalyshyn, Park 2016, 1). 

Federal Bureau of Investigation indicates an annual increase in bias-motivated violence against lesbian, gay, bi+, transgender, queer, and gender non-conforming people

Of all hate crimes reported to law enforcement in 2016, “1,076 were based on sexual orientation bias and 124 were based on gender identity” (Dashow 2017, 1).

 

SUMMARY

When accompanied with suicidality and hate crime prevalence against LGBTQ+ people in the United States - accessibility to firearms is a direct threat against the LGBTQ+ community. In order to decrease acts of violence, firearms should be subjected to mandatory federal reform.  

 

Resources:

Lambda Legal

Fenway Health

Human Rights Campaign

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Everytown for Gun Safety

Gays Against Guns

Disarm Hate

REFERENCES

Dashow, J. (2017). New FBI Data Shows Increased Reported Incidents of Anti-LGBTQ Hate Crimes in 2016. The Human Rights Campaign. 

Mykhyalyshyn, I., & Park, H. (2016). L.G.B.T. People are More Likely to be Targets of Hate Crimes than Any Other Minority Group. New York Times

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (2013). Hate Violence Against Transgender Communities.