Let's call gun violence exactly what it is — an epidemic
A 2017 report by the Urban Institute shows that higher levels of neighborhood gun violence can be associated with fewer retail and service establishments as well as fewer new jobs.
Beyond the economic cost, we also see fractured families, neighborhoods, and communities. According to the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), more than 5 percent of America’s children have witnessed a shooting.
A 2017 report by the Urban Institute shows that higher levels of neighborhood gun violence can be associated with fewer retail and service establishments as well as fewer new jobs
Gun violence is estimated to cost the American economy at least $229 billion every year. Let that sink in — $229 billion.
lower home values, credit scores, and homeownership rates.
As a result, gun violence hurts a community's housing prices and drives residents to relocate from or avoid moving to affected neighborhoods.
In 2010 alone, 36,000 victims of firearm assaults visited the emergency room, and 25,000 were admitted to the hospital — coming to a total cost of $630 million in medical treatment.
charged to taxpayers through publicly funded health insurance, and 28 percent was billed to people who lacked health insurance.
In 2016, the American Medical Association (AMA), the country's largest physicians group, adopted a formal policy calling gun violence "a public health crisis."
People who are impacted by gun violence may experience stress, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The effects of this harm extend not just to survivors but also to witnesses, bystanders, neighbors, and all those who love them
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