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While we all suffer from gun violence, young people, especially young people of color, are disproportionately impacted and have a higher risk of experiencing gun violence. Now it’s time for us to step up again and stand together as we work toward a safer America.

Actions, Gun Violence Prevention

We asked for solutions to gun violence. Senator Cory Booker and Representative Steven Horsford delivered. The Break the Cycle of Violence Act addresses the many causes of gun violence using evidence-based strategies that are proven to work.

For years Millennials and Gen Z have consistently led the push to end the gun violence crisis. 

While we all suffer from gun violence, young people, especially young people of color, are disproportionately impacted and have a higher risk of experiencing gun violence. Now it’s time for us to step up again and stand together as we work toward a safer America.

The Break the Cycle of Violence Act will provide federal grants to communities for evidence-informed community violence intervention and prevention programs designed to interrupt cycles of violence. This bill will:

  • direct Health and Human Services to dedicate $5 billion to funding community-based prevention and intervention programs, such as community outreach programs, crisis management initiatives, and hospital-based violence intervention programs; 
  • direct the Department of Labor to dedicate $1.5 billion to funding work and education programs for youth in areas disproportionately impacted by violence, and
  • establish a National Community Violence Response Center and a federal Office of Community Violence Intervention to combat the historic increase in gun violence threatening our nation’s youth.

We know that if we want to stop gun violence, we must invest in interrupting it before it starts.  We know we have to heal the trauma that creates and is created by cycles of violence in our communities. We know we have to fix the root of the problem. And the data is with us. Research proves community-oriented intervention programs and commonsense violence prevention policies can lower gun violence rates. 

Gun violence is a national crisis. It’s time for Congress to finally treat it like one. Tell your senator and representative to support the Break the Cycle of Violence Act and make America safe for young people.