Most of Minnesota’s gun deaths are suicides

“This is why I work to protect Minnesota. My husband would be with me today had that gun not been two feet away from him.”

Minnesota had 356 firearm suicides in 2018, or nearly one per day.1 Most of Minnesota’s gun suicides are white men; Greater Minnesota has a higher suicide rate than the 7-county metro area.2

Gun violence disproportionately impacts communities of color

“The reality of it is, when you pick up that gun, two lives are lost. It’s the life to the grave and it’s the life to jail.”

Most gun homicides happen in urban areas with high populations of people of color.3

A rural doctor recounts his family’s story of gun violence

“I want to prevent gun violence because I’m a rural physician, I’m a father, a grandfather and I think it’s my duty to help prevent gun violence.”

Every year, more than 600 American women are fatally shot by their intimate partners. That’s one domestic violence death nearly every 14 hours.4

When abusers have access to guns, women are 5 times more likely to be killed

“I work to protect Minnesota so other children don’t have to go through the pain and loss that Sarah’s son did.”

Every month, more than 52 American women are fatally shot by an intimate partner. Nearly two-thirds of all domestic violence–related mass shootings ended with a shooter killing themselves.5

The reality and fear of school shootings have shaped a generation of students and families

“I want my generation and future generations after me to be able to grow and learn in a safe environment.”

From Columbine and Sandy Hook to Red Lake and Parkland, a generation of students and their families have had to live with the reality and fear of school shootings. The U.S. has had more than 1,300 school shootings over the past 5 decades and the rate of school shootings is rising.6 Raphael is Protect Minnesota staff.

Gun violence touches every part of Minnesota

“Gun violence affects everybody across the board.”

In 2019, 470 people died because of gun violence in Minnesota. Those who died range from a a 4-year-old boy who was shot unintentionally to a dozen Minnesotans in their 80s, all of whom died by suicide. Minnesotans of all ages, and from all parts of the state, are directly and indirectly affected by gun violence.7

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