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Local Efforts to Support Gun Violence Survivors and Advocate for Gun Safety Measures

Fibonacci Blue from Minnesota, USA
High school student protest march against gun violence and for gun law reform.

The first week of February has been designated as the third annual National Gun Violence Survivors Week in recognition of the resilience of people whose lives have been affected by gun violence in this country.

About 58% of American adults are survivors of gun violence, either experiencing it directly themselves, or by caring for someone who has experienced gun violence in their lifetimes.

We’re learning about local efforts to support gun violence survivors, and steps being taken to change laws for measures like requiring background checks on all gun sales, by talking with two members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. It's a national non-partisan, grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can help protect people from gun violence.

Kim Craig is the local group lead for the Naples chapter; and Katherine Cunningham is Naples legislative lead.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week. Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.