Homicide is a leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 45, and there are there are dozens of nonfatal assaults for every single homicide. While guns are not the only vector accounting for these deaths and injuries, they are among the most harmful. There are more than 300 gun-related incidents each day. The disparate burden of violence is carried by communities of color. Black Americans between the age of 15 and 45 are more likely to die from homicide than any other cause. Beyond the toll of gun violence on individuals, families and communities, it costs an estimated $280 billion in lost quality of life, wages, criminal justice and medical costs annually.