The Disarm Hate Campaign seeks to amend USA gun laws to address the link between gun violence and hate crime.
The campaign is created by the Every Town for Gun Safety organisation, who fund research into ways to make America safer from the misuse of firearms.
In an average year, over 10,300 hate crimes involve a firearm—more than 28 each day. And reports indicate that hate crimes are on the rise. But in most of the United States, there is no law prohibiting people convicted of violent hate crimes from having guns.
It is more important than ever that states and the federal government pass laws ensuring that people who commit hate crimes are prohibited from having guns.
The vast majority of hate crimes are directed against communities of color, religious minorities, and LGBTQ people. Hate crimes are driven by prejudice against race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender or gender identity, or other core parts of a person’s identity.
In 2016, the most recent year for which data are available, over half of hate crimes reported to the FBI were motivated by racism, and approximately a quarter of all hate crimes were motivated by bias against black people.
21% of hate crimes were motivated by bias against a religion, most often anti-Semitism or anti-Islamic prejudice.
And nearly as many were driven by prejudice against someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, most often bias against gay men, lesbians, and transgender and gender non-conforming people.
If you live in the U.S. then: