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Gun Violence in the United States.

Updated: Feb 4

Gun violence is a problem and a crisis in the United States of America. The endless cycle of mass shootings in the United States, including in schools has not moved the US Congress to act and enact a sensible gun control law. The recent shooting of nineteen innocent children and their two teachers in Robb Elementary School, Uvalde Texas that sparked national outrage seem to finally push lawmakers in both parties to talk about the need to respond. Efforts to curb indiscriminate and unlawful use of guns, especially the use of automatic rifles, have resurfaced in Washington, DC and in states across the country. Prior to the Uvalde massacre, in a Buffalo supermarket mass shooting where ten people (mostly people of color) were killed by a shooter, two of the victims were just 18 years old.

Thousands of Americans gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC and across the United States on Saturday, June 11, 2022, demanding Congress to act on gun control measures. Survivors of mass shootings and other gun violence incidents have lobbied United States legislators about enacting sensible gun control laws and testified on Capital Hill recently.

(March for Our Lives Video- Miah Cerrillo, an 11-year-old Uvalde school shooting survivor who covered herself with the blood of a dead classmate and pretended she herself was dead, also testified to Congress.

Americans are living with emotional and mental scars from decades of daily exposure to gun violence. Everyone deserves the right to feel safe in their home, at their school, at the park or supermarket, and in their neighborhoods. United States legislators must urgently address the epidemic of gun violence in the country. There must no longer any excuses or empty promises to Americans. Ban all assault weapons. Enough is enough!

~Bernadine Ahonkhai, ED. D Founder/President, Coalition4Justice Phone: (215) 588-7509 Email:

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