A report on gun violence in Wilmington by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the subject of an educational forum sponsored by the Movement for a Culture of Peace (MCP) on Jan. 9.
The forum focused on the CDC report and on another report that addresses law enforcement’s response to the high murder rate in Wilmington.
DeCAGV is a founding partner of MCP.
Panelists included Secretary Rita Landgraf of the Department of Human and Social Services and two state legislators from Wilmington: Sen. Margaret Rose Henry and Rep. Stephanie T. Bolden.
The legislators emphasized that the City of Wilmington needs to adopt the recommendations of the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission, which studied the role of law enforcement in combating violence that has plagued Delaware’s largest city for the past decade.
Landgraf gave details of a recent report by the CDC that traced a series of underlying events and factors in the lives of children and youth that are predictive of the later commission of gun crimes.
She advocated for earlier intervention in the lives of young men in areas such as employment, health care, education, and social services to prevent these crimes.
Gun Deaths Surpass Motor Vehicle Deaths in
21 States and the District of Columbia
A study conducted by the Violence Policy Center shows that annual firearm fatalities in the United States are fast approaching motor vehicle deaths. The study finds finds there were more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and the District of Columbia in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available.
Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and the District of Columbia in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, a new analysis from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) finds.
This is the fifth edition of the VPC report comparing gun deaths to motor vehicle deaths by state. The number of states where gun deaths exceed motor vehicle deaths has increased from just 10 states in 2009 — the first year of data analyzed by the VPC — to 21 states in 2014.
In 2014, there were more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia, the analysis finds.
In 2014, Delaware had 127 motor vehicle deaths for a rate of 13.57 per 100,000, and 102 firearm deaths for a rate of 10.90 per 100,000.
“Science-based regulations have dramatically reduced deaths from motor vehicles in recent decades. It’s well past time that we regulate firearms for health and safety just like all other consumer products.”
Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Gun deaths include gun suicides, homicides, and fatal unintentional shootings; motor vehicle deaths include both occupants and pedestrians.
“Firearms are the only consumer product the federal government does not regulate for health and safety,” states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Meanwhile, science-based regulations have dramatically reduced deaths from motor vehicles in recent decades. It’s well past time that we regulate firearms for health and safety just like all other consumer products.”
Nine out of ten American households have access to a motor vehicle while fewer than a third of American households have a gun. Yet nationwide in 2014, there were 33,599 gun deaths compared to 35,647 motor vehicle deaths.
The Violence Policy Center (www.vpc.org) is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury. Follow the Violence Policy Center on Facebook and follow @VPCinfo on Twitter. The full report can be viewed here (pdf).
Executive Action Needed Because Congress Fails to Address the Problem
Delaware Coaltition Against Gun Violence Commends President Obama on His Executive Actions to Prevent Gun Violence
January 5, 2016
The Delaware Coaltition Against Gun Violence joins the undersigned State Affiliates of States United to Prevent Gun Violence commend President Obama for his brave leadership and for remaining steadfast in his commitment to reducing gun violence. The Executive Action measures detailed in the “FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer” are broad and cover a wide range of key points including expanding background checks by:
clarifying which gun sellers must register as licensed gun dealers and thus perform background checks to help keep guns out of dangerous hands;
making communities safer by increasing ATF action and work on keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers
providing more funds for improving mental health treatment as well as making sure that appropriate mental health records are submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Polling shows that 90% of all Americans, including the majority of gun owners, want background checks on all gun sales. It is unconscionable that the Congress has failed to act on this one important measure. We applaud the President for putting the safety of Americans above the will of special interest groups. The people have spoken and the President has done what he can to deliver. The Delaware Coaltition Against Gun Violence and similar organizations in other states are committed to making sure such executive actions are implemented and are proud of our President for taking these actions.
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Arizonans for Gun Safety
Women Against Gun Violence CA
Colorado Ceasefire Capitol Fund
Connecticut Against Gun Violence Ed Fund Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence
Georgians for Gun Safety
Hawaii Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence
Iowans for Gun Safety
Maine Gun Safety Coalition
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence
Stop Handgun Violence MA
Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Nebraskans Against Gun Violence
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Ed Fund
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Ed Fund
Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence
Oklahoma Gun Sense
Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence
Safe Tennessee Project
Texas Gun Sense
Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah
Virginia Center for Public Safety
Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Ed Fund
States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a non-profit organization dedicated to making our families and communities safer. We are the only national state-led gun violence prevention group. Our mission is to support 30 state affiliates and to nurture new state organizations.
The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence is a statewide coalition of parents, teachers, clergy, grandparents, doctors, nurses, friends, gun owners, and like-minded groups and individuals is united to help safeguard our citizens and communities, address the root causes of gun violence, and promote sensible laws that help prevent gun violence in our homes and communities.
Together we are forging a strong public voice for to address and prevent gun violence.