National Gun Violence
Survivors Week

Tuesday Feb. 1—Monday Feb. 7, 2022

Background

From February 1–7, 2022, we will honor the fourth annual National Gun Violence Survivors Week. During National Gun Violence Survivors Week, we take stock of the terrible human toll of America’s gun violence crisis—and recommit ourselves to supporting survivors with action. The date marks the approximate time that gun deaths in the United States surpass the number of gun deaths experienced by peer countries in an entire calendar year. The focus of the week is on sharing gun violence survivors’ stories in their own words and encouraging allies to amplify their voices, especially those who are under-represented in our national dialogue. 

Gun violence in any form leaves an indelible mark on the lives of those who are personally impacted. We are in fact a nation of survivors: 58 percent of American adults or someone they care for have personally experienced gun violence in their lifetimes and gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and teens in America. Among Black and Latinx Americans, 68 percent of American adults or someone they care for have personally experienced gun violence in their lifetimes. Gun violence changes lives every single day—whether someone has witnessed an act of gun violence, been threatened or wounded with a gun, or had a loved one wounded or killed with a gun. That’s why we use the term ‘survivor’ as inclusive of anyone who has personally experienced gun violence. This can include but is not limited to gun suicides, gun homicides, domestic violence involving a gun, unintentional shootings, and more. Each of these lived experiences and every type of gun violence must be seen and represented to create change. 

This year’s National Gun Violence Survivors Week is Tuesday, February 1 – Monday, February 7, 2022. Throughout the week, we will call on the nation to share and lift up survivors’ stories, and survivors to share their lived experiences with gun violence.

Here’s What You Can Do

  1. Share facts and information about National Gun Violence Survivors Week on social media using the hashtag #GVSurvivorsWeek. Help to spread awareness about this important week and the impacts of gun violence on Americans.
  2. Honor and amplify stories of Americans who have directly experienced gun violence using the hashtag #GVSurvivorsWeek. Stories will be elevated on social media as well as through the Moments That Survive Story Wall site.
  3. Share stories of those who have directly experienced gun violence from your organization’s network. 
  4. Attend or host an event in your community. Use the Moms Demand Action event lookup tool to find an event in your area.
  5. Visit the Gun Violence Memorial Project currently at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. 

Sample Social Media Posts

Sample 1

English

National Gun Violence Survivors Week—Feb. 1-7, 2022—is a time when survivors of gun violence tell their stories to put a face on this crisis, which takes more than 40,000 lives in America every year. Read and share survivors’ stories at momentsthatsurvive.org. #GVSurvivorsWeek

Spanish

Semana Nacional de Sobrevivientes de la Violencia Con Armas—Feb. 1-7 222: es un momento en que los sobrevivientes cuentan sus historias para ponerle cara a esta crisis, cobrando 40,000 vidas en EE.UU. cada año. Lea y comparta las historias momentsthatsurvive.org. #GVSurvivorsWeek

Sample 2

English

Every day, more than 110 people in America die by gun violence and over 200 are wounded. Each of their stories deserve to be heard.

This #GVSurvivorsWeek, join (me/us) in uplifting survivors’ voices and honor them with action to end gun violence: momentsthatsurvive.org

Spanish

Todos los días, más de 110 personas en Estados Unidos mueren a causa de la violencia armada y más de 200 resultan heridas. Cada una de sus historias merece ser escuchada.

Esta #GVSurvivorsWeek, únete (a mí/nosotros) para alzar las voces de los sobrevivientes y honrarlos con acciones para poner fin a la violencia con armas de fuego: momentsthatsurvive.org

Sample 3

English

More than half of Americans have been impacted by gun violence in some way—whether having witnessed gun violence, been threatened or wounded with a gun, or had a loved one wounded or killed with a gun.

This #GVSurvivorsWeek, share [their/our] stories from momentsthatsurvive.org.

Spanish

Más de la mitad de estadounidenses han sido afectados por la violencia con armas: ya sea por haber visto la violencia con armas, haber sido amenazado o herido, o haber tenido un ser querido herido o asesinado.

Esta #GVSurvivorsWeek, comparte tu historia momentthatsurvive.org

Sample 4

English

Gun violence devastates Black communities at a disproportionate rate. The resulting trauma reverberates through families and across generations.

This #GVSurvivorsWeek, shine a light on [their/our] stories, which are under-represented in our national dialogue: momentsthatsurvive.org

Spanish

La violencia con armas devasta a las comunidades Latinas a un ritmo desproporcionado. El trauma resultante repercute en las familias y generaciones.

Esta #GVSurvivorsWeek, ilumina sus historias, que están subrepresentadas en nuestro diálogo nacional: momentsthatsurvive.org

Sample 5

English

National Gun Violence Survivors Week is dedicated to honoring survivors of gun violence by lifting up [their/our] stories and lived experiences with gun violence. 

Today, (I/we) honor [survivor’s name and their connection to gun violence.]

#GVSurvivorsWeek [attach story link from momentsthatsurvive.org]

Spanish

La Semana Nacional de Sobrevivientes de la Violencia con Armas está dedicada a honrar a los sobrevivientes de la violencia con armas al resaltar [sus/nuestras] historias y experiencias vividas con la violencia de armas.

Hoy, (yo/nosotros) honramos a [nombre del sobreviviente y su conexión con la violencia armada.]

#GVSurvivorsWeek [adjunte el enlace de la historia de momentthatsurvive.org]

Sample 6

English:

Each year, 4,100 Latinx people die from gun violence in the U.S. and more than 13,000 are shot and wounded.

This #GVSurvivorsWeek, shine a light on the disproportionate impact of gun violence on Latinx communities by uplifting [their/our] stories: momentsthatsurvive.org

Spanish:

Cada año 4,100 latinos mueren por la violencia con armas en los EE.UU. y más de 13,000 personas resultan heridos por disparos.

Este #GVSurvivorsWeek, ilumina el impacto de la violencia con armas de fuego en comunidades latinas elevando sus historias: momentsthatsurvive.org

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Gun violence in any form can leave a lasting impact on individuals. That’s why we use the term ‘survivor’ as inclusive of anyone who has personally experienced gun violence—whether you have witnessed an act of gun violence, been threatened or wounded with a gun, or had someone you cared for wounded or killed with a gun. This includes but is not limited to gun suicides, domestic violence involving a gun, and unintentional shootings.