Survivors of Gunshot Wounds

This week is National Gun Violence Survivors Week. Today we highlight and honor the stories of survivors of gunshot wounds.

Every year, approximately 85,000 Americans survive a gunshot wound. According to a national poll, an estimated 8 million people have been shot and wounded in their lifetimes. Nonfatal gunshot wounds account for an enormous part of the gun violence epidemic in America. 

Many gunshot wound survivors face a life-long healing process and may experience difficulties including psychological trauma, loss of work, and steep medical costs. Numerous survivors report that the psychological effects of the shooting remain long after their wounds have physically healed. 

This #GVSurvivorsWeek, shine a light on their stories, which are underrepresented in our national dialogue on gun violence.

Join the Conversation

Whether you are a survivor of gun violence or an ally to survivors, join in on the conversation on social media using the hashtag #GVSurvivorsWeek or create a National Gun Survivors Week profile to show support.