We ask Where did the gun come from? after every shooting to identify the people who supply guns to criminals. If we can cut off the flow of crime guns at the source, we can save lives.
Welcome to our discussion on how we can stop violence caused with illegal guns. What’s an illegal gun? It’s a gun in the hands of a criminal or youth who is prohibited by law from having one. Did you know most gun crimes are committed by people under the age of 25 who acquired their guns illegally? 5 out of 6 guns recovered in crime were obtained through illegal means. (Braga & Pierce, 2005) If we cut off the supply of guns to criminals and youth, we can save lives.
Let me say right off the bat—we’re NOT trying to take guns away from lawful citizens. In fact, we’d like to clone gun owners who store and maintain guns safely. We’re not targeting YOUR gun, we’re targeting CRIME guns. We want to break down the system of illegal trafficking that provides guns to criminals. We hope you’ll weigh in with your thoughts about how we can keep guns out of the hands of kids and criminals. So many lives depend on us doing this better.