Over 300 Americans are shot each day and 90 die from gun violence every 24 hours.
Now, a national task force will sponsor a Congressional Briefing and hold two town halls to address the issue one week before the presidential election.
The Initiative for Studying Gun Violence and Trauma, under the Public Health Initiative at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, will bring together leading experts on mental health, public health and law enforcement at noon, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Cannon House Office Building in Northwest.
“The state of gun violence in the United States has reached a crisis point,” the group said in a statement. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2000 and 2014 alone, firearms accounted for nearly 470,000 fatalities.”
“Homicide firearms ranked as the second leading cause of all violence-related deaths during this 14-year interval. Chicago endures a ‘Sandy Hook’ every weekend. However, Congress has been ineffective and slow to act.”
Joining the town hall will be Nardyne Jefferies whose daughter died in a 2010 mass shooting in Washington, D.C. and Camiella Williams, a millennial who has suffered the loss of 28 loved ones and relatives in Chicago.
Panelists will call upon Congress to: address police shootings of unarmed Black Americans; study the overlooked trauma that resides in low income communities due to gun violence by police and civilians; and repeal the Dickey Amendment.
There will also be a “Policing and Training” town hall meeting at 6 p.m. that evening at the National Press Club in Northwest, featuring a discussion on policing, police violence and training.
“It will highlight the privatization of law enforcement agencies,” the group said in a statement. “Looking particularly at the fiscal structures that underlie, and at times demand, high risk policing practices, including targeting people of color for low-level offenses that result in frequent and inordinate fines as well as the rampant police shootings and killings in America.”
Registration for both events closes on Thursday, Oct. 27.