The Gun Violence Epidemic
Each year in the U.S., over 33,000 Americans are killed by gun violence – suicides, homicides and unintentional shootings–and more than 84,000 are injured. Over the past 50 years, more than 1.4 million Americans have been killed and 3.5 million have been injured by firearms. In fact, more Americans have died from firearms on our soil than in all the wars in this country's history.
Felons, domestic abusers and the seriously mentally ill continue to have easy access to firearms and ammunition due to weak federal gun safety laws.
With a primary focus on New York State and its residents, NYAGV advocates at all levels of government for laws, policies and practices that protect New Yorkers from gun violence. Below are the sensible gun safety measures NYAGV is fighting for.
Also see the NYAGV Resources page for gun violence facts, figures, trends and research reports.