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Gun violence affects nearly everyone. Close to 40,000 Americans die and more than 100,000 are injured by gun violence every year. With numbers that large, it’s easy to lose sight of the individual stories of those directly affected by this public health epidemic. CAP’s Gun Violence Prevention team sat down with grieving mothers, students, victims of domestic abuse, people from communities trapped in cycles of poverty, and many others and asked why: Why do you fight to end gun violence? Here are their answers.

Click here to view all videos in the “Why I Fight To End Gun Violence” series.

By Jasmine Hardy, Jessica Schuman, Oshane Mcrae, and Rukmani Bhatia