Gun Violence Awareness Month is a month-long, statewide campaign to raise awareness on the severe impact of gun violence in our communities, while promoting conversation and action.
A STATEWIDE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
In April 2022, both the CDC and the University of Michigan's Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention declared guns as the leading cause of death among youth and teens. In fact, between 2019 and 2020, our country saw a "relative increase in the rate of firearm-related deaths of all types (suicide, homicide, unintentional, and undetermined) among children and adolescents was 29.5% — more than twice as high as the relative increase in the general population."
In the summer of 2021, the Governor issued a first-in-the-nation Executive Order declaring gun violence a Disaster Emergency in the state of New York, directing debate and resources to our newest public health crisis that has plagued our streets, ripped families apart, and divided our local and state leaders. Learn more about what our cities across New York are doing in response and how you can join the effort to #endgunviolence.
ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH NY
June in New York State is Gun Violence Awareness Month (GVAM), with other states across the nation taking part in Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 4th. This is a time when we as a community publicly re-commit to ending the scourge of violence overtaking our streets. When we treat gun violence as an epidemic—comparable to COVID or another crisis—we can address the co-determinants of our communities’ health to confront the problem. Gun violence is now the leading cause of death amongst children in the United States, and is an issue that affects us all.
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“We must continue the battle to reduce and eliminate gun violence in the state,” K Bain said from Washington, DC, following a meeting at the White House to discuss the issue. “New York State is the only state in the nation designating an entire month toward gun violence awareness. We intend to lead the conversation, and we have the leadership right here in New York to do so.”
GUN VIOLENCE IN NUMBERS
ANNUAL HEALTHCARE/SOCIETAL COSTS RELATED TO GUN INJURIES
SHOOTINGS ARE TWICE AS HIGH AS IN YEARS PRE-PANDEMIC
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