I created this quilt in 2018 to express my fury and grief after yet another mass shooting. But the shootings continue every single day.
In 2020, the United States had 43,551 gun violence deaths. This included 697 injuries and 299 deaths of children age 11 and under, and 3,060 injuries and 1,074 deaths of teens ages 12 to 17. (Source: Gun Violence Archive)
The U.S has been unable to pass even the most basic gun safety laws at a federal level for years. And the number of guns in the U.S. just keeps climbing. In 2017, there were more than 120 guns for every 100 people in the U.S. (Small Arms Survey, 2017) No other country comes close to this number. More guns mean more gun violence deaths. How can we end this tragic madness?
I want to live in a place where people will bury their guns and rely on decency, responsibility, negotiation and cooperation to stay safe.
Julie Weinstein is based in Sudbury, MA
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