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File #: RES 21-835    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/2/2021
Title: Declaring the first Friday in June to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Sponsors: Jane L. Prince, Rebecca Noecker, Dai Thao, Nelsie Yang, Chris Tolbert, Amy Brendmoen
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Declaring the first Friday in June to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

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WHEREAS, every day, more than 100 Americans are killed by gun violence, alongside more than 230 who are shot and wounded, and on average there are more than 13,000 gun homicides every year; and

WHEREAS, Americans are 25 times more likely to die by gun homicide than people in other high-income countries; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota has an average of 442 gun deaths every year, with a rate of 7.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Minnesota has the 44th highest rate of gun deaths in the US; and

WHEREAS, gun homicides and assaults are concentrated in cities, with more than half of all firearm related gun deaths in the nation occurring in 127 cities; and

WHEREAS, cities across the nation, including Saint Paul, are working to end the senseless violence with evidence-based solutions; and

WHEREAS, protecting public safety in the communities they serve is the highest responsibility of mayors and city councilmembers; and

WHEREAS, support for the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns away from people with dangerous histories; and

WHEREAS, mayors, councilmembers and law enforcement officers know their communities best, are the most familiar with local criminal activity and how to address it, and are best positioned to understand how to keep their citizens safe; and

WHEREAS, gun violence prevention is more important than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate gun violence after more than a year of increased gun sales, increased calls to suicide and domestic violence hotlines, and an increase in city gun violence; and

WHEREAS, since 2013, the First Friday in June has been recognized as National Gun Violence Awareness Day, in memory of Hadiya Pendleton who was tragically shot and killed at age 15 in January of that year, just one week after performing at events for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama; and

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