Historic funding could transform gun violence prevention efforts. But can smaller groups get hold of it?

Posted on AllSides February 15th, 2022
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Gun Control, gun rights, gun violence
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For years, local gun violence prevention programs have struggled to get long term funding. The people who look out for students on and off US school campus, sit at the bedsides of gunshot wound survivors, and embrace the families of homicide victims, are rarely paid with dedicated public money. Instead many groups survive on unpaid hours, donations and competitive one-off grants. But since 2021 a historic amount of government funding has been made available across the US that can turn the tide.

This money comes as US cities are in...

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