Coalition urges lawmakers to open state Gun Violence Prevention Office

Survivors of gun violence and those working in the community to stop its spread gathered at the Capitol Monday to urge legislators to create and fund an Office of Gun Violence Prevention and to declare gun violence a public health crisis.

Gun homicides hit a 25-year high in Connecticut last year, mirroring national trends. The victims were disproportionately people of color. Of the 118 people who died in a gun-related homicide in 2021, 65% were Black, Jeremy Stein, the executive director of CT Against Gun Violence, said at the rally.

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