Gun Violence

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There are 393 million legally owned guns in the United States, more than the total population of our nation. Gun violence is a major public health crisis in the United States, especially for young people. Guns are now the leading cause of death for children and teenagers. Youth who live in urban areas are at even higher risk of being injured or killed by guns.

There have been at least 130 mass shootings in the United States so far in 2023, leaving more than 175 people dead and 475 injured, according to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA). And guns are the leading cause of deaths by suicide in the United States.

As our nation grapples with a gun violence epidemic, here are resources for social workers and supporters of the profession who want to address this problem:

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Read "Undoing Racism through Social Work: NASW Report to the Profession on Social Justice Priorities". And visit our racial equity page to learn what we are doing to promote racial equity.

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