Discover and read the best of Twitter Threads about #GunViolence

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First, my heart and prayers go out to the most recent victims of this madness that’s happening at our work places and schools.
The ironic part about all of this to me is back when I lived a street life and had to “hustle and grind” to make groceries,
I’d leave the house wondering if this would be the last time I’d see my mom and grandma, knowing that the odds of me making it back home alive were against me. #VirginiaBeachShooting #virginiabeach #VirginiaBeachStrong #GunControlNow #GUNviolence
They would all tell me that if I wanted to beat the odds and skew the stats I’d have to go back to school, get a job, and square up. It seemed I was constantly being told that I was going to lose my life out there in them streets. Well, guess what? #VirginiaBeachShooting
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PERSONAL THREAD: ON #PTSD AND #GUNS

We've seen a number of suicides among survivors of school shootings. Tragedy compounding tragedy. And I wanted to talk about one of the least covered reverberations of #gunviolence: the pain, fear, and anguish that last long past the shooting.
From the age of ten into my late teens, I lived in (or near) an active war zone in Lebanon. That was 4 decades ago. To this day, I wake up with severe night frights, reliving gun battles and experiencing a visceral fear that can't be expressed in words.
Over the years, the intense emotions have subsided, but knowing how scary PTSD can be, I just want to express compassion for those who are going through it, particularly the children and families who have survived mass shootings.

#GunReformNow
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𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 | 𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗱 𝗝. 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗽: 💰𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗟𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗿

#BillionDollarLoser #TrumpTaxes #TrumpIsAFraud #Trump #TheResistance #BiggestLoserTrump #ImpeachTrump #QAnon #MAGA #WWG1WGA
Decade in the Red | Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1B in Business Losses: May 7, 2019

nyti.ms/2H7zUYT via @nytimes
#BillionDollarLoser #TrumpTaxes #TrumpIsAFraud #Trump #TheResistance #BiggestLoserTrump #ImpeachTrump #QAnon #MAGA #WWG1WGA
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I've been hearing a lot of resignation in people's voices and tweets, in the face of the latest tragedy at #PowaySynagogueShooting. People are giving up hope that we can ever bend the curve on our #gunviolence epidemic.

--This thread is dedicated to destroying that despair.—
6 years ago, we watched those babies walk out of #SandyHook - & were torn apart, as a nation, by the memory of those who didn't make it.

Many of us had been told that we "couldn't" talk about guns.

But after Sandy Hook, many of us said "no more; we will not be silent."
A few bravely started talking and writing about why #gunviolence was a #publichealth issue. Those few, turned into a wave. The groundwork was slowly laid.
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𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 | 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗶𝗳𝗹𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻

It's time for gun sense in America.
A new, huge review of gun research has bad news for the NRA

bit.ly/2VvxGu8 via @voxdotcom
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The best parts of the #CNNTownHalls were
Klobuchar on #ClimateAction
Warren on #StudentDebtCrisis
Harris on #GunViolence
Sanders on overturning the #GOPTaxCuts
Buttigieg on #ImmigrationReform.

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What stood out were the breadth of the questions and the manner in which each candidate answered.
Disappointingly, Sanders was least able to explain how he would achieve his goals, even though they are unchanged since 2015, so he's had 4yrs to refine them.
#CNNTownHalls
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Also disappointing: not one female moderator and few students of color.
The women candidates all got hard questions about policies they had previously had, Buttigieg had to answer for demoting the 1st black police chief and Sanders got no difficult questions, just 2015 replay.
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1/ #Gunsense peeps, the #FFL I work for reported an illegal #strawpurchase to #ATF in December. We didn’t know it at the time we sold the #gun, but walking the woman out of the store we saw her exchange the gun w/ someone else for money. We reported it the same day.
2/ Less then two weeks ago, IN FEBRUARY, ATF reached out to us to investigate the straw purchase bc the firearm was given to a felon who used it in a crime. THEY WAITED UNTIL A VIOLENT CRIME WAS COMMITTED TO INVESTIGATE NEARLY TWO MONTHS AFTER THE ILLEGAL SALE WAS REPORTED.
3/ but you know, totally need more unenforceable gun laws right? #HR8 wouldn’t have made it illegal for the woman to sell the gun to a felon, it already is illegal. We had plates. It was reported. The paperwork was ready. They just didn’t care.
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Let's talk about "national emergencies."
There are THOUSANDS of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in this country. Sisters, daughters, mothers, human beings that disappear without a trace. Where is the declaration over that crisis? #MMIW #MMIWG #MMIR
In a country determined to place nationalism at the forefront of domestic and foreign policy, we have a shocking number of homeless veterans. In states like Arizona, the number of #veteran suicides is 90.4 per 100,000. kdminer.com/news/2019/feb/…
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Trump: Day 755
-Intends 2 Declare Nat'l Emergency
-DHS Guts Election Protection Team
-McCabe Admits 2 Discussing 25A
-Barr Confirmed as Attorney General
-Scraps Plans 2 Build 'SCION' Hotels
-Took Putin's Word Over Intel on NK
-Retail Sales Steepest Drop in 9 Yrs
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Day 860 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Add...
Day 711 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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Lots of thoughts on today’s #SOTU. Spoiler alert: I’m disappointed and underwhelmed, but not without hope.
First, what we *didn’t* hear: Lots of #gunviolence survivors & families present, incl. my guest @cameron_kasky, but @realDonaldTrump was mute on background checks, assault weapons, etc. He won’t be able to ignore us much longer. #SOTU2EndGunViolence #SOTU
Also no mention of #climatechange's clear and present danger to our national security and economy . #SOTU #WellAlwaysHaveParis
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It’s long past time for #Congress to finally address #GunViolence by updating the background checks law to require background checks for all gun sales – helping keep guns out of the wrong hands. #UpdateBackgroundChecks #FixNICS #PassHR8 #EnoughIsEnough
Background checks are one of the most effective tools to keep guns out of the wrong hands #UpdateBackgroundChecks #PassHR8 /2
Background checks save lives. They are the foundation of any effective effort to reduce gun violence and are associated with lower rates of gun murders, suicides and gun trafficking in states that require them for all gun sales #UpdateBackgroundChecks /3
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People at risk of harming others or themselves show signs before #GunViolence or self-harm happens:

—Fascination/obsession with guns
—Extreme isolation
—Social withdrawal
—Victim of long-term bullying
—Hints about an attack
—Threats of violence

🔥Watch:

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6 years ago today, a gunman armed with an AR-15 assault weapon, shot through the locked entrance of #SandyHook elementary in Newtown, CT and murdered twenty 1st graders & 6 teachers.

We said #NeverAgain

The killer had
👏Every👏Single👏 Sign

➡️courant.com/news/connectic…
It’s been 10 months today since a gunman armed with an AR-15 went to MSD HS in #Parkland, FL & shot 15 kids & 2 teachers.

We said #NeverAgain—Again.

The killer had
👏Every 👏Single 👏Sign

Catch that? #SandyHook & MSD share a horrific gun violence tragedies anniversary today.
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Trump: Day 687
-Announces John Kelly Leaving W.H.
-Launches Awkward Opening Toss
-Shifts $1.1M From Campaign 2 Biz
-Delays Sanctions on Russia's Rusal
-U.S. Co's Paid $5B in Tariffs in Oct
-$1T in Stock Value Lost in 4 Days
-Winery Seeks More Foreign Workers
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Day 792 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
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Day 643 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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This amazing rendition of Silent Night by the local high school choir is a reminder and a tribute to victims of #GunViolence #HateCrime and so much more. Please listen to the whole thing and focus on what is said in between.

If you love it, please RT

#peace #hope and #love.
I am unable to load the whole video but did the most beautiful part with the kids lighting the candle.
Rest of the video.
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One week ago, #thisisourlane exploded on Twitter. At the request of may, here's a tweetatorial to address some of the most common questions and answers about the epidemic of #gunviolence - why it matters to docs - and what we can do about it:
***Q1: What are the patterns of #gunviolence injury and death in the US? ***

A: 100 people die and 200 are injured each day across the US. Most deaths (~2/3) are suicide; these are mostly white middle-aged men from rural areas.
Approximately 30% are homicides: mostly young minority men from inner cities. The rest are accidental and mass shootings.

#DomesticViolence deaths from firearm injury are estimated at ~50/month.

And firearm injury is the 2nd leading cause of death for American youth.
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As a Trauma Surgeon and survivor of #GunViolence I cannot believe the audacity of the @NRA to make such a divisive statement.

We take care of these patients everyday. Where are you when I’m having to tell all those families their loved one has died. @DocsDemand #Docs4GunSense
Not only are we not going to “stay in our lane”, but we are going to do everything in our power to ensure that Americans in communities all across this nation our protected from these senseless tragedies.
This is Not about being anti-gun, and the polarization that @nra brings to this conversation demonstrates the lack of interest in coming together to provide common sense solutions.
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It's #ElectionEve and I want to tell you why I #vote.
My parents were Socialists.
They grew up dirt poor.
They believed in creating change in their lifetimes.
They raised us to believe the same.
When we were small, they were Civil Rights workers.
My dad was a Freedom Rider.
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Our early childhood was framed within & by the #CRM.
My mother wasn't well, but she did everything she knew how, to ensure that black Americans had the right to vote, a right she cherished because her mother had been a baby #suffragist and had fought for that right for women.
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The fallout for my parents was minor compared to their black friends, but it was violent and hate-strewn and they worried about their children being hurt.

And we were hurt. I got beaten up a lot because then as now I refused silence. I got in a lot of fist fights.
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The past two hours have been our regular reminder of how close we always are to #gunviolence.

Shots fired on the block at the end of #ThisIsUs followed by police knocking on our door and The Wife having to detail events.

The front of our house is now a crime scene.
For the handful of people NOT inured to #gunviolence who asked how we were, we are ok. Someone is dead however and it is the third killing in front of our house in four years, so it's pretty unnerving.

I am frankly shocked that this tweet didn't go viral. Then again, maybe not.
Until gun violence in black neighborhoods like mine matters as much as in white neighborhoods there is never going to be any kind of resolution of America's gun problem.
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A lot of brouhaha in the #gunviolence world about this well-reported article showing that @CDCgov data on the number of NON-FATAL gun injuries is not accurate. fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-c…

I want to highlight a few things about this article.
1. First, kudos to the writers for highlighting an issue that all of us #gunviolence researchers bemoan: that there are NO GOOD SOURCES OF DATA on non-fatal gun injuries. As the article reports, even the CDC admits that its data on #gunviolence injuries are unreliable.
2. Please note that this issue is not unique to #gunviolence non-fatal injuries. It’s also observed for other types of injuries (like drownings).

It’s because of the way that the CDC is forced to collect non-fatal-injury data.
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This happened 3 blocks from my house.
The Wife shops at this store weekly.
She teaches two blocks away.

This should've been national news--5 people shot in broad daylight on a busy shopping avenue just blocks from 2 schools.

Oh--but we live in a black neighborhood, so...🦗🦗🦗
This store is on a main avenue with small shops, market, mosque.
2 blocks up, K-12 school.
3 blocks in the other direction, an elementary school.
This happened when school was letting out.

No national news coverage.
Black neighborhood, news blackout.
Five people shot is a mass shooting by FBI/law enforcement standards.
If this were a white neighborhood with a mass shooting mid-afternoon when schools were letting out, it would have been a headline on all three networks on the evening news.
It wasn't.
#GUNviolence
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#AalayahEastmond giving this testimony should give all America pause.
This is one of our children detailing a story we hear from seasoned military.
It's gutting, it's horrific, it's untenable.

Yet #Kavanaugh says that these weapons should be available to all.
#KavanaughHearings
"Remember all victims of #gunviolence....If Judge #Kavanaugh doesn't have the decency to shake the hand of the father of a victim of gun violence, he won't have the decency to protect us from gun violence."--#AalayahEastmond, #Parkland shooting survivor
#KavanaughHearings
ICYMI #AayalahEastmond, #Parkland survivor:
"If the youth across the country can fight to eradicate gun violence, why can't judges, lawmakers and Donald Trump understand that young people are dying from this senseless gun violence?"
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@CaptainsLog2O18 @1IronMan2018 @StormResist @LunaLuvgood2017 @TheSWPrincess @1WarMachine2018 @1Jedi_Rey @BatmanResist @OriginalJLP @Elastigirl2018 @DanaScottLO @WillowResist @DavidYankovich @ScarletAvengers @catikins9 @ezralevin @B52Malmet @kathyhoffman_az @jarringcreation @JCTheResistance @DC_Resister_Bee @JanuaryAZ @2HawkEye2018 @GinnyRED57 @natasharesists @azmfol @indivisiblephx @IndivisibleofAZ @New2018World 2/ I sustained a spinal cord injury, so now I'm paralyzed and use a wheelchair full-time. He was shot in the head so now he's blind and has a significant brain injury. In that split second we became just TWO of the more than 300 people shot every day in the US
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(1/11) When I say..."The people closest to the pain, should be the closest to the power, driving & informing the policymaking..." THIS is what I mean. (A) When I wanted to break cycles of #poverty by strengthening pathways to #graduation, preventing #dropout #MA7
(2/11) for expectant & #parenting #teens, (still the #1 reason girls drop out, even with unplanned pregnancies on the decline) I invited them to the table to share their stories, struggles & to inform the #BPS policy we developed to better support them.
(3/11) (B) When I wanted to better understand why we were seeing an increase in #bicyclist & motor vehicle collisions, I contacted @bostonbikeunion I invited them to share their stories & struggles, 4 hrgs later, we had a crash data report & the 1st sideguard ord. in the country
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