Commemoration of Las Vegas Shooting a Reminder Trump has Failed to Keep LGBTQ People Safe

by Wyatt Ronan

Today marks the 3rd commemoration of the Las Vegas shooting which claimed 60 lives and remains the deadliest mass shooting in American history, slightly outpacing the Pulse shooting which claimed 49 lives in 2016. Earlier this year, HRC joined by LGBTQ and gun safety organizations, released statistics that show LGBTQ people in America are under significant threat of gun violence, combatting the false narrative that President Trump has pushed repeatedly around law and order and making America safer. Here are some of the key findings:

Three-fourths of homicides against transgender people involved a gun, and nearly eight in ten homicides of Black trans women are by a gun.

Over 10,000 hate crimes in the U.S. involve a firearm each year, which equates to more than 28 each day.

There has been a marked increase in anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, especially against transgender people. In 2020, 30 transgender and gender non-conforming people have already been killed, a marked increase from 2019 and particularly impacting Black and Latinx transgender women. Advocates saw a 43% increase in the formation of anti-LGBTQ hate groups in 2019.

This analysis marks the most substantive synthesis of data related to the impact of gun violence on the LGBTQ community to date. In addition to detailed statistics regarding the frequency and use of firearms in hate crimes, the report highlights data on the impact of firearms in three key areas: homicide, suicide and intimate partner violence.

We must pass the Disarm Hate Act, which closes a dangerous loophole in federal law by prohibiting people convicted of violent or threatening hate crimes from obtaining guns. Other policy solutions outlined in the report include funding more research on gun violence and its intersection with violence against the LGBTQ community, and supporting common-sense gun laws that keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, including convicted domestic abusers.

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