Gun Control And Gun Violence

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After the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the public’s focus has been on gun control to prevent other massacres like this one, when 49 people, most of them Latino gay men were killed. Gun violence, and mass shooting like this one are not unavoidable natural disasters, but predictable outcomes of laws that lacks regulation. The personal characteristics most targeted for hate crimes are race, religion and sexual orientation. The LGBTQ population is familiar to gun violence and hate crimes; they are more likely to be the targets of violence than other groups protected by federal hate crime laws (Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, 2017). Therefore, current law policies allow for an increased risk of death in populations like the LGBTQ community, who are victims of hate crimes. This project will analyze the gun violence in America as an LGBTQ problem by: evaluating how the LGBTQ population has a higher rate of suicide that could be reduced by lowering gun accessibility; the difference in violent experiences along the lines of intersection of sexual orientation with race, class, and gender; how violence targeted towards LGBTQ members is rooted in multiple systems of oppression. Hate crimes and suicide are more deadly when guns are involved. In 2016 there have been as many as 1,255 victims targeted due to sexual-orientation bias reported to the F.B.I.. Of the 169,395 firearm deaths in the US from 2011 to 2015 (the most recent five years
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