Last year was the deadliest year on record for transgender individuals, with at least 27 killed – more than half of them with guns. The majority of the victims were Black trans women.
In the same week that saw Florida Governor Rick Scott expand Stand Your Ground, Lucy McBath — the mother of Jordan Davis — reflects on how real gun reform could prevent tragedies like the Mother Emanuel AME massacre, the Pulse nightclub shooting and her own son's death.
'The First Thing I Think About On Mother's Day:' 8 Moms Affected By Gun Violence Share Their Hopes For Real Gun Reform In America
On Mother's Day, ESSENCE speaks with eight mothers whose children have been killed or injured by gun violence. Today, we lift up their stories as they share their hopes for comprehensive gun reform in America.
"In the aftermath of the Women's March, I implore us all to be about the business of finding our passion in this movement and get to work," the mother of Jordan Davis writes. "Do not become complacent, patting yourselves on the back for participation. Keep moving forward determined to strengthen your cause."
The mother of slain teen Jordan Davis expresses her heartfelt gratitude to Rep. John Lewis and members of Congress for their historic sit-in.