Access to a gun during a period of crisis is often the difference between life and death. Approximately 90% of people who attempt suicide with a gun will die. In contrast, over 90% of those who attempt suicide by other methods will live, and they are unlikely to attempt suicide again. This is not because gun users are more suicidal, or more mentally ill. It is because guns are more lethal than any other method of self-harm.
Everytown Files Amicus Brief Urging Court to Continue to Block the Trump Administration’s Reckless Decision to Permit the Distribution of Downloadable Guns
Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, urging the court to continue to temporarily block the Trump Administration’s reckless decision to permit the online distribution of the computer code that, when input into a 3-D printer, will automatically produce all the necessary components of an undetectable, untraceable plastic gun. The brief, co-authored by leading constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School, debunks Defense Distributed’s First Amendment defense -- explaining why the company is wrong when it argues that the computer code it uses to create its downloadable guns is protected by the freedom of speech. The brief was prepared and submitted by the law firms Gupta Wessler PLLC and Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC, Professor Laurence H. Tribe (the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School), and Everytown’s Litigation Team.
The effects of gun violence extend far beyond these casualties—gun violence shapes the lives of millions of Americans who witness it, know someone who was shot, or live in fear of the next shooting. In order to illustrate the magnitude of everyday gun violence, Everytown has gathered the most comprehensive, publicly available data.