Gun violence is a public health crisis that our country has been facing for decades. We seek a society where we can feel safe in our communities without the risk of violent death.
For decades, policymakers have debated how to address the epidemic of gun violence affecting communities across the United States. Traditionally, localities have responded to community-level violence by increasing the presence of a militarized police force. This approach has repeatedly failed, with sometimes fatal consequences that compound trauma and increase the likelihood of future violence.
Violence interrupter programss offer a community-based approach to reducing communal and interpersonal violence that treats violence as a public health problem.
In times of increased gun violence, thoughts and prayers are no longer enough. We need policies and action.
For the first time in more than two decades, lawmakers in the 117th Congress (2021-2022) passed significant legislation to address gun violence. The law included four key FCNL gun violence prevention priorities.
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