THE PROBLEM

The Problem

In Sacramento, gun homicides doubled from 2010 to 2015; in 2015, homicides increased 52% from the previous year, drive-by shootings increased 49%, and firearm assaults increased 37%. In 2017, Sacramento’s teens were twice as likely to be killed by homicide than the general population. That same year 62% of the homicides were caused by a firearm. There were 182 drive-by shootings, a 16% increase from the previous year and 1200+ firearm possessions reported by the Sacramento Police Department for 2017. ¹

Frequently, both public and community-based systems of care fall short in their efforts to provide responsive opportunities and resources to those most involved with and affected by urban gun violence. Because those who are suspected of gun crimes in urban communities have often already been failed by the available systems of care, those who need the services most are least likely to trust the systems that provide them. ²

The Cost

Approximate average cost to taxpayers for a single gun homicide in America. ³

The number of gun homicides in Sacramento in 2017. ⁴

More than half of the gun homicide victims in Sacramento are young men of color under 30 years old. ⁵

Highly concentrated levels of violence creates a vicious cycle…Exposure to firearm violence-being shot, being shot at, or witnessing a shooting —doubles the probability that a young person will commit a violent act within two years.

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence & PICO National Network¹

A total of 90 people were killed in mass shootings in 2012. That same year, nearly 6,000 black men were murdered in shootings that rarely made the news.

Lois Beckett, ProPublica November (2015)⁵

Every day, the number of individuals murdered in urban America by guns equals a mass shooting.

Pastor Michael McBride, LIVE FREE Campaign

1. Sacramento Police Department.  2. Boggan, 2015.  3. Gifford’s Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (2017). 4. Sacramento Police Department (2020). 5. University of California at Berkeley Institute for Urban and Regional Development (2020).


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