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PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement in response to the shooting death of a transgender woman in Portland last night. According to reports, Gigi Pierce, a transgender woman from Boise, Idaho was shot and killed Monday night.
There have been at least 11 transgender people killed nationwide this year; with seven being killed by gun violence. 2017 was the deadliest year on record for the transgender community in the United States, with at least 28 trans homicides. 20 trans people were killed with a gun last year, 17 of those shot and killed were trans women of color.
STATEMENT FROM ANDREA PLATT, VOLUNTEER WITH THE OREGON CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Gigi Pierce, as well as the entire Oregon LGBTQ community. Everyone deserves to live life free from gun violence. Gigi’s death is a reminder that gun violence disproportionately affects the trans community and other marginalized communities. We must do more to keep every individual in our community safe from gun violence.”
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