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Gun violence is an epidemic that has become a contemporary global human-rights issue. In the United States, it is estimated that 3 million children bear witness to gun violence each year. As a culture, we have become desensitized to gun violence and have instead prioritized protecting gun ownership over the lives of our children. This installation serves as a memorial and poignant reminder that we can do better to protect Kids not Guns.
Across the country, in Michigan, Arkansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Alabama, dozens of people have been gunned down since a teenager took 22 lives in Uvalde. The grim reality is that we live in a country where we cannot escape gun violence. The numbers of guns are slowly catching up to American citizens, with only a small percentage capable of safely operating one. When we talk about gun violence, a significant number of deaths are preventable. A child accidentally killing another; teenagers playing and accidentally taking their own lives. We cannot afford to have those mistakes. We have to do better as a society! We do not have a choice. It doesn’t matter where you are, the threat is very real, but we can’t live our lives waiting for something to happen. It is tiring and so far—not working. I think I speak for a majority of us when I say, let’s start with keeping guns out of our schools first!
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