Survivors Empowered

Gun Violence State of the Union

Media Advisory 

News Release

Media Contacts

Penny Okamoto
Executive Director, Survivors Empowered
503-984-4152 cell/text

Mark Lusky
Mark Lusky Communications
303-621-6136 cell/text



Guns trigger more than half of nation’s suicides:

Reducing access to firearms reduces rate of suicide ‘Firearms most lethal suicide method by far in the U.S.’ By Sandy...

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How many mass murders would occur without guns?

Never-ending gun rights fiction drives gun fanatics’ friction Even supporters of gun rights can’t make the math of gun-related mass...

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US firearm violence costs $557 billion annually

Comparable to 2.6 percent of US Gross Domestic Product Citing a Harvard Medical School research study published in the journal...

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Empowered Gun Violence Survivors are the Real Champions

Just taking a breath can be the first step CNN recently named Sandy and Lonnie Phillips/Survivors Empowered one of their...

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Trusting your donation

Importance of trusting, liking, and respecting contribution recipients. Regardless of how much a cause tugs on your heart and soul,...

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Resources to further study the devastating impact of gun violence and how gun violence survivors can reclaim their lives include:

  • Gun Violence Archive (overall rates of death and injury, rates broken down by demographics and types–homicide, police shootings, unintentional, suicide, school shootings, mass shootings, domestic violence-related shootings, hospital shootings)
  • GVPedia’s Database and DataViz (research to arm policymakers, advocates, and the public with incontrovertible facts to create effective policies to reduce gun violence)
  • Denver Accord (comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence)


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