It is a reality that too many families in cities across the country lose children and loved ones before their time. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, one in three people in the U.S. know someone who has been shot. On average, 32 Americans are murdered with guns every day and 140 are treated for a gun assault in an emergency room. Embedded in these statistics is the fact that African Americans have a much higher representation of death and injury through gun violence than any other race. Sadly what also compounds these facts is the that fact that too many of the impacted communities are also left to struggle with the mental imprint of living in communities heavy with the stress associated with post-traumatic stress disorders. While there is a growing body of research around soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a number of programs have been launched to treat them there are scant resources focused on communities struggling with the impact of gun violence. What happens when the war is at home and city blocks, playgrounds and front porches have become trenches?
Through Hadiya's Promise, we advocate for responsible solutions to two of the nation’s most pressing problems --gun violence and those who are often the perpetrators of gun violence, disaffected youth. Hadiya’s Promise believes there are millions of like minded individuals who are inspired to action by the lost promise of too many gun violence victims in this country and are seeking not only smart solutions from their elected officials but the investments necessary to bring back the “it takes a village” concept necessary to ensure we lessen the number of disaffected youth who might perpetrate or become the victims of gun violence.
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 About Gun Violence, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Accessed on May 18, 2014 at http://www.bradycampaign.org/about-gun-violence
 Gun suicide and homicide: statistics shaped by race. Washington Post. Published March 22, 2013. Accessed at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national/gun-deaths/ on May 18, 2014.