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File #: 22-1003    Version: 1 Name: 2022 Gun Violence Awareness Day June 3
Type: Proclamation Status: Filed
File created: 6/6/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/6/2022 Final action: 6/6/2022
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Proclamation to Declare Friday, June 3, 2022 National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Attachments: 1. 2022 Gun Violence Awarenes Day June 3.pdf
Proclamation to Declare Friday, June 3, 2022 National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Friday, June 3, 2022
National Gun Violence Awareness Day

WHEREAS, every day, more than 110 Americans are killed by gun violence, 200 more are shot and wounded, and there are nearly16,000 gun homicides annually; and

WHEREAS, Americans are 26 times more likely to die by gun homicide than people in other high-income countries; and

WHEREAS, in Michigan has 1,270 gun deaths every year, with a rate of 12.7 deaths per 100,000 people. Michigan has the 29th highest rate of gun deaths in the US; and

WHEREAS, gun homicides and assaults are concentrated in cities, with more than half of all firearm-related gun deaths in the nation occurring in 127 cities; and

WHEREAS, cities across the nation, including in Ann Arbor, are working to end the senseless violence with evidence-based solutions; and

WHEREAS, protecting public safety in the communities they serve is a mayor's highest responsibility; and

WHEREAS, support for the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns away from people with dangerous histories; and

WHEREAS, mayors and law enforcement officers know their communities best, are the most familiar with local criminal activity and are best positioned to understand how to keep their citizens safe; and

WHEREAS, gun violence prevention is more important than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate gun violence after more than two years of increased gun sales, calls to suicide and domestic violence hotlines, and an increase in city gun violence;

WHEREAS, in January 2013, Hadiya Pendleton was tragically shot and killed at age 15; and, to recognize the 25th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, people across the United States will recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day and wear orange in tribute to Hadiya Pendleton and other victims of gun violence; and

WHEREAS, the idea was inspired by a group of Hadi...

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