Gun violence prevention advocates honor 429 Utahns who died in 2020, call for change

Gun violence prevention advocates honor 429 Utahns who died in 2020, call for change

Ogden City Police Chief Eric Young shows a thumbs-up after planting a daffodil cube during an event honoring the 429 Utahns who lost their lives to gun violence in 2020 hosted by the Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah and the League of Women Voters at Ogden Botanical Gardens on Wednesday. (Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News) Estimated read time: 6-7 minutes OGDEN — Community leaders in Ogden and Utah gun violence prevention advocates planted daffodils Wednesday to honor the 429 Utahns who lost their lives to gun violence in 2020, calling for legislative change as the rate continues to rise. “Over the past 10 years, Utah has seen a steady increase in gun violence. Each year the number of people and families ravaged by gun violence goes up in Utah. Utahns deserve a better public safety response from our lawmakers to this public health crisis,” said Terri Gilfillan, board chairwoman for Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah. The daffodils were planted at the Ogden Botanical Gardens after comments from the League of Women Voters, the Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah, Ogden Police Chief Eric Young and Ogden School District Superintendent Luke Rasmussen. Utah’s firearm mortality rate includes homicides, fatal domestic violence shootings, police intervention, firearm suicides, unintentional shootings and shootings where the intent is undetermined. Utah has had a higher fatal firearm mortality rate than the United States since 2009, according to data provided by the gun violence prevention center. Attention on gun violence has grown throughout the years […]

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