FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2020
Andrew Patrick, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Video: “We Are Not Safe in Donald Trump’s America”
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence video highlights deadly gun violence epidemic on Trump’s watch, urges Americans to prioritize gun violence prevention when voting for president
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has failed to keep Americans safe from gun violence. This is the message of a new video produced by the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization, in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. The message is even more timely in the aftermath of the first presidential debate on September 29, in which Trump asked a hate group, the Proud Boys, to “stand back and stand by” to support him because “somebody’s gotta’ do something” about people he considers his political opponents. The “private army” Trump has invoked is untrained, armed and dangerous.
“Some of the deadliest mass shootings in American history occurred on Donald Trump’s watch,” the video opens, highlighting that of the 10 deadliest shootings in American history, four have occurred since 2017, while Trump was president.
Parkland, Florida — 17 killed (2/14/2018) — deadliest high school shooting
El Paso, Texas — 23 killed (8/3/2019) — deadliest attack on a Latino community
Sutherland Springs, Texas — 26 killed (11/5/2017) — deadliest attack on a house of worship
Las Vegas, Nevada — 58 Killed (10/1/2017) — deadliest attack in modern American history
“The Trump administration’s divisive rhetoric has created an environment inciting and normalizing hate-fueled violence,” said Joshua Horwitz, executive director of Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “The hate speech used by the perpetrators of the El Paso shooting and the anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh mirrors the rhetoric emanating from the Trump White House and its allies in conservative media. In a nation that has so often needed calm and leadership following horrific tragedy, Trump never misses an opportunity to further divide us.”
As highlighted in the video, the two most recent years worth of U.S. gun death data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 2017 and 2018 were the two deadliest years on record for American gun deaths. In 2018, gun suicides surpassed 24,000 for the first time ever.
Horwitz added, “During his time as president, Trump has hinted at action on gun violence prevention, but like most things he has promised to do, concrete action from the White House never materializes. He has treated visits to survivors as campaign events and insulted those who have lost loved ones and friends to gun violence. Our video message makes clear — we simply are not safe in Donald Trump’s America. It’s time to elect someone to the White House who will treat gun violence as the public health epidemic it has become, and commit to real progress to treat it.”
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About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.