Gun control and public safety

In the United States, black people are at a disproportionate risk of dying from gun violence. Aaccording to justice department, “In general, US residents are 128 times more likely to be killed by everyday gun violence than by international terrorism; Black people in particular are 500 times more likely to die this way.

Compounding this threat, wto hit nationalism and other forms of white supremacy continued to inspire racist shootings targeting communities of color. According to a black Americans “have been the most frequent victims of hate crimes in all bias incident counts generated since the FBI began collecting such data in the early 1990s.” anti-black hatred crimes increased by almost 40% in 2020, compared to 2019, according to a CNBC Report. Many of these hate crimes involve firearms.

Hate crimes and acts of violent extremism have a pernicious impact on targeted communities. It’s true not only to the closest victim of a particular crime, but also for the of the victim extended community. As many experts on violent extremism have attested, This is the very purpose of these acts: to threaten, intimidate and terrorize. The message, sent not only to the individual victim, but at each member of a historically vulnerable community, is a of fear and hatred.

No one should be afraid to walk down the street, enter their place of worship, or otherwise gather with members of their community for fear of being targeted by someone with a gun. Yet it is increasingly common for massive groups of heavily armed individuals to engage in “open carry” by invading public spaces occupied by unarmed members of the community. The fundamental human right to live free from fear is directly threatened when individuals motivated by hatred have ready access to firearms.

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