The Trevor Project joins many of our colleagues in LGBTQ and gun violence prevention movements to call for stricter gun control legislation.
In the days immediately following the shooting in Orlando, contacts to our crisis services reached our highest levels this year. Furthermore, many young people are expressing fear, confusion and heightened anxiety, and are telling us that they are afraid to be who they truly are.
As the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth up to age 24, we know the impacts of gun violence all too well. We’ve seen the loss of lives due to mass shootings—in addition to the loss of youth who used a gun to end their lives.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, access to firearms enabled 2,444 young people ages 10-24 to take their own lives. This accounts for 44 percent of all suicide deaths for that age range in the US. Something must be done.
There must be an adoption of strong laws that 1) ban the sale of semiautomatic firearms, including handguns, rifles, and assault weapons; 2) support background checks for all gun sales, as well as training on gun safety; and 3) have safe storage of guns in the home. These are sensible approaches to reducing gun violence and ensuring a safer future for all.
Our youth need The Trevor Project to be a champion in the fight to restrict access to guns in this country. We will demand that our leaders take action, and we ask that you join us in this fight.
- Please sign up for our Advocacy Network so we can alert you when you need to take action.
- Please donate so we can ensure we are there to advocate and answer the calls from our youth when they are concerned for their own safety and well-being.
The Trevor Project is committed to ensuring our youth know they are not alone and that we are here for them, 24/7, fighting for their future.
Executive Director and CEO, The Trevor Project