We’re Working to Stop Gun Violence in California
We all deserve to feel secure where we live, work and play, but gun violence poses an ongoing threat to the health and safety of our communities. Every year, guns kill more than 3,000 Californians in places that should be safe havens. That’s why we’re bringing together a diverse group of funders around a common goal: to stop the gun violence epidemic in California and elevate community solutions that can be replicated across the country.
Hope and Heal Fund is taking a public health approach to address all forms and drivers of gun violence. We’re focused on preventing suicide, which accounts for more than half of California’s gun deaths. We’re working to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers because we know that guns make domestic violence even more dangerous. And we’re taking action to keep our neighborhoods safe so that young people can go outside without fear of violence.
Gun Violence Affects All Californians
Over the past decade, gun violence has claimed 35,000 lives in California. That’s equivalent to the number of students at UC Berkeley. In many communities, gun violence is a regular part of daily life. Meanwhile, guns make suicide attempts and domestic violence more lethal.
Gun violence affects all Californians and touches almost every facet of our lives – from access to good education, to economic development, to how we feel connected as communities. Before our communities can thrive, we must ensure they are safe. The success of every organization’s work is dependent, in some way, on solutions to stop the gun violence epidemic in California.