While we do believe in common-sense gun reform, the debate shouldn’t be dominated by the National Rifle Association or gun-control advocates who lack an anti-racism lens. Mass shootings constitute just 3 percent of gun homicides in this country, and, as horrific as they are, we must also insistently push conversations about urban gun violence, the enormous number of gun suicides (which outnumber gun homicides) and the toxic masculinity that fuels domestic violence.
We must also challenge the gun violence prevention coalitions that raise hundreds of millions of dollars but invest little money in black- and brown-led organizations doing anti-violence and peacemaking work daily. And we must also take every opportunity to help the public learn to hear what youths of color have to say about stopping the violence.
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