Purpose of the Presidential Taskforce
We aim to put an end to school shootings and mass tragedies perpetrated by gun violence. No other result is acceptable. While our politics may differ, our priorities may diverge, the liberties we hold sacrosanct may deviate, we can all find common ground in the end result we are striving to achieve.
As I said in a recent op-ed in the Hill, our communities are under attack, and we need to take decisive action to safeguard our spaces – and we must take a final stand to eradicate gun violence and mass tragedies as a stain on the modern-day American experience.”
– Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., President, Howard University, May 25, 2022.
Read the full communication here.
Taking Action: Protecting our Children and Communities from Gun Violence
The Howard University Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce was formed in June 2022 to develop recommendations and innovative ideas and proposals that will be delivered to policymakers.
“Given what is happening in our country, this is critically important work,” said Danielle Holley, Chair of the Taskforce and Dean of the School of Law. "The goal is to provide recommendations on gun safety, as well as Howard’s recommendations and solutions to address gun violence."
Students can take action now by completing the Gun Violence Prevention Student Survey. Scan the QR code below or access the survey here.
Statistics and Data
Every year, 117,345 people are shot. Among those:
40,620 people die from gun violence
15,343 are murdered
76,725 people survive gunshot injuries
34,566 are intentionally shot by someone else and survive
23,891 die from gun suicide
3,554 survive an attempted gun suicide
492 killed unintentionally
547 are killed by legal intervention
1,376 are shot by legal intervention and survive
347 die but the intent was unknown
4,471 are shot and survive but the intent is unknown
The Taskforce will regularly publish and post relevant and useful resources on gun violence prevention for members of the community. This will include Congressional reports, community and related organization information and articles, links to newspaper and journal articles, etc.