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In advance of the second annual National Gun Violence Survivors Week, from February 1-8, PEOPLE Magazine today unveiled Shattered: Gun Violence Survivors Speak Out, featuring Everytown Creative Council Chair Julianne Moore and six gun violence survivors: Carolyn Tuft, Colin Goddard, DeAndra Dycus, Julvonnia McDowell, Lisa Good, and Sara Macaluso. In the feature, these survivors share their personal experiences with gun violence – the devastating stories behind the eye-opening statistics – and their activism for common-sense gun safety.
National Gun Violence Survivors Week, February 1-8, focuses on sharing and amplifying the stories of gun violence survivors who live with the impact of gun violence every day of the year. By early February, more Americans are killed by gun violence than are killed in other high-income nations in an entire year. Millions more are shot and wounded, threatened with a gun, or witness an act of gun violence. All told, 58 percent of American adults or someone they care for have personally experienced gun violence in their lifetimes. Yet as a society, we still struggle to grasp the toll of the crisis beyond statistics or what we see or hear on the news.
The full stories of gun violence survivors in the feature, as well as hundreds more, can be found on Moments That Survive, a year-round digital storytelling site and campaign in which Americans across the country share defining details of their experiences, in their own words. Moments That Survive builds community among gun violence survivors and helps the public understand how everyday life changes as a result of gun violence.
If you’re interested in connecting with survivors of gun violence in advance of this critical week, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs