Fashionkind is an initiative to change the world, using [luxury] fashion as the vehicle. We are intensely aware of the importance of education and the role it plays in our mission. We pride ourselves on the ability to find, address and deliver meaningful statistics relating to the fashion industry, the people who are a part of it, and the realities that exist around the world, of which many are unaware. Upon hearing the news about the tragedy in Orlando, we knew we could not remain silent. When we shared one of these facts on our Instagram, one follower reacted, "Unfortunately, this is America." How have we let it get so bad that gun violence is not only part of our reputation, but it is also a given? Is this what we want to be known for across the world?
These are the realities of gun violence in America:
One in three people in the U.S. knows someone who has been shot.1
On average, 31 Americans are murdered with guns every day and 151 are treated for a gun assault in an emergency room.2
On a daily basis, an average of 55 Americans kill themselves with a firearm, and 46 people are shot or killed in an accident with a gun.3
The U.S. firearm homicide rate is 20 times higher than the combined rates of 22 countries that are our peers in wealth and population.4
A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense.5
The lifetime medical cost for all gun violence victims in the United States is estimated at $2.3 billion, with almost half the costs borne by taxpayers.6
There are approximately 270 million firearms possessed by civilians, and only 897,000 carried by police.7
Buyers that purchase firearms through private sales in the U.S. don't have to pass a background check before obtaining possession of the weapon. This includes sales to criminals, felons, and people with a history of severe mental illness.8
There are more than 310 million guns in circulation in the United States — approximately 90 guns for every 100 people.9
Firearm homicide is the second-leading cause of death (after motor vehicle crashes) for young people ages 1-19 in the U.S.10
Knowledge is power; please share these statistics with your networks (sources are below).
Our hearts and prayers are with all of those affected by gun violence in Orlando and beyond. It is time to end this epidemic.