Why Gun Violence Is A Human Rights Issue

  • For people living in communities with high levels of gun violence, access to healthcare is critical. For many individuals in these communities, the cost of healthcare, limited numbers of local healthcare facilities and a lack of funding to sustain direct services can impact whether they receive treatment for mental and physical injury and trauma.
  • Gun violence can cause long-term health problems such as psychological impacts for people who’ve witnessed shootings, and their friends and family. We see it every day in the news as gunshot survivors can suffer severe and chronic physical and psychological effects, sometimes without psychological support or physical rehabilitation.
  • Gun violence can make the trip to school dangerous, damage the learning environment, and reduce the efficacy of teaching.

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