Pottstown mayor declares June 3 Gun Violence Awareness Day

Pottstown mayor declares June 3 Gun Violence Awareness Day

Pottstown Mayor Stephanie Henrick POTTSTOWN — During Wednesday night’s council work session , Mayor Stephanie Henrick issued a proclamation declaring Friday, June 3, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the borough. “In proclaiming this, we honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and declare that, as a community and country, we must do more to reduce and ultimately eliminate gun violence,” Henrick read from the proclamation. “This not anti-gun, or an anti-Second Amendment,” Henrick said of the proclamation which provided the following information: • Every day in America, more than 200 individuals are shot and wounded and more than 110 are killed by gun violence (resulting in an average of nearly 16,000 gun homicides every year), Americans are 26 times more likely to die by gun homicide than people in other high-income countries; • In Pennsylvania, there is an average of 1,628 gun deaths every year, with a rate of 12.4 deaths per 100,000 people, thereby having the 31st highest rate of gun deaths in the United States; • Gun homicides and assaults are concentrated in more densely populated areas, with more than half of all firearm-related gun deaths in the nation occurring in 127 cities. Communities across the nation, including Pottstown, are working to end the senseless violence with evidence-based solutions; • Gun violence prevention is more important than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate gun violence with more than two years of increased gun sales, increased calls to suicide and domestic […]

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