16 Powerful Images of Gun Violence Survivors: Let's Listen to What They Have to Say (PHOTOS)

Yvonne Crasso

We, the people, can be devastatingly awful sometimes. Perhaps the most constant example of that? EVERY day, 88 Americans die due to gun violence and hundreds more are injured.

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In honor of that chilling statistic, two gun safety groups -- Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America -- have put together a photo tribute series. Not of politicians stumping for gun control laws or graphic crime scenes, but of survivors.

Survivors of mass shootings. Survivors of random acts of gun violence. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters of victims -- and victims themselves -- they've all have taken the pledge, "Not one more."

The people featured here "are a powerful reminder of why moms around the country are fighting to reduce gun violence in America," says Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action. "Despite the pain they have endured personally, they all have pledged to fight so no other American experiences what they have."

Click through the slideshow to read about some truly inspiring survivors of gun violence. We'll warn you now, you'll need tissues. And when you're done (and have given your kids a hug) visit Everytown to see what YOU can do to make a difference.

Because honestly, each one of us can.

How have you been affected by gun violence?


All images via Henry Leutwyler

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