The first four days of April have had an average of 95 shootings per day as Republicans block common sense gun safety measures.
We need political guts, not more 'thoughts and prayers'.
Basketball legend and Head Coach of The Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr spoke at a pre-game press briefing about a mass shooting in Sacramento that killed 6 people and left 12 injured. Steve called for political courage to pass common sense gun safety bills rather than more political gamesmanship and sending 'Thoughts & Prayers'.
Kerr, whose father was shot dead, has long been outspoken on the issue of gun violence and has spent much of his professional life calling on those in power to enact stronger gun laws. - ESPN
- Transcribed comments of Steve Kerr's comments with images of mass shooting
- Steve's video in Spanish, Chinese, Filipino and Korean to reach more people
- How these videos were created with the free iMovie app
- Map of the 381 shooting incidents in the first 4 days of April
- How to contact the Senators representing the states where the shootings occurred
- Details on BackGround Check bill and other recommendations from Gun Safety Alliance
How this StoryMap was designed
- Details of shooting incidents from the Gun Violence Archive was first mapped with ArcGIS Online
- This map was overlaid with details of Senators and how to contact them
- Thanks to Matt Bochain with esri for assistance with the map design
A public video of Steve Kerr's pre-game press briefing was overlaid with photos of mass shootings with the free iMovie app
- The English version of the video created was translated and transcribed into Spanish, Chinese, Filipino and Korean
- The maps, videos and recommendations from the Gun Safety Alliance were combined into a StoryMap
Creating an overlay video with iMovie
Gun violence surges as Republicans block common sense gun safety bills
Ways to Reduce Gun Deaths
Each year there are approximately 40,000 firearm deaths in the United States - these numbers are likely to rise without immediate action. Gun Safety Alliance recommendations to reduce gun deaths:
- Passing legislation to require background checks on all gun sales - States that require a background check on gun sales have homicide rates 10% lower than those that do not.
- Advancing Extreme Risk laws—sometimes referred to as “Red Flag” laws - States that have implemented Extreme Risk laws have seen, on average, a double-digit percent decrease in gun-related death rates.
- Achieving adoption of secure storage practices – storing firearms unloaded, locked, and separate from ammunition - These practices are associated with a 78 percent lower risk of self-inflicted firearm injuries, and an 85 percent lower risk of unintentional firearm injuries among children.
- Supporting violence intervention programs that provide comprehensive support to the individuals who are at greatest risk of gunshot victimization - Homicide and gun injuries fell nearly 40 percent in select communities where these programs exist.
- Combating “Stand Your Ground” laws and recognizing the inherent danger of this legislation. - Some states that implemented “Stand Your Ground” laws saw a 32 percent increase in firearm homicide rates and a 24 percent increase in overall homicide rates since the policy was implemented.
TakeAway: Make it easier for people to see the connection between Republicans blocking common sense gun safety measures and the the increase in shooting incidents.
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Disclaimer: This video includes images overlaid comments by Steve Kerr, Coach of the Golden State Warriors at a pre-game briefing in the wake of a mass shooting in Sacramento, CA on April 3, 2022. The images do not necessarily reflect Mr. Kerr's views.