The U.S. population is 332,400,000. U.S. gun owners possess 393,300,000 weapons.
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022 is a firearm regulation and mental health bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden on June 25, 2022.
This is the first gun violence prevention bill signed into law since the Brady Bill was passed 30 years ago.
This historic law enhances background checks, addresses the so-called “boyfriend loophole” and red flag laws, invests millions of dollars in community violence prevention, and more. While U.S. citizens would like stricter laws to be passed, this law will take comprehensive steps to address gun violence in all its forms. It will save countless lives.
Gun Deaths in the United States – 2020
The total gun deaths 45,222 in 2020 were by far the most on record, representing a 14% increase from the year before, a 25% increase from five years earlier and a 43% increase from a decade prior.
Gun murders, in particular, have climbed sharply in recent years. The 19,384 gun murders that took place in 2020 were the most since at least 1968, exceeding the previous peak of 18,253 recorded by the CDC in 1993. The 2020 total represented a 34% increase from the year before, a 49% increase over five years and a 75% increase over 10 years.
The number of gun suicides has also risen in recent years – climbing 10% over five years and 25% over 10 years – and is near its highest point on record. The 24,292 gun suicides that took place in 2020 were the most in any year except 2018, when there were 24,432.
In New Mexico, our partner, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, is actively participating in gun buybacks and “guns to gardens” events throughout the state. Indivisible SOS supports their mission to take a community-first approach to their work.
Their goal for the NM 2022-2023 legislative session:
New Mexico lawmakers should authorize and fund the creation of an Office of Gun Violence Prevention to be housed within the New Mexico Department of Public Health. This Office should act as the state clearinghouse to address all forms of gun violence through evidence-informed policies and programs.