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"We must do better": John Legend visits Dayton, Ohio

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Published on August 12, 2019 - Duration: 00:57s

"We must do better": John Legend visits Dayton, Ohio

Performer John Legend told reporters in Dayton, Ohio Sunday that meaningful action can be taken to reduce gun violence.

He spoke after visiting his nearby hometown of Springfield.

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"We must do better": John Legend visits Dayton, Ohio

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Award-winning singer/actor John Legend is originally from Springfield, Ohio, near Dayton.

At a press conference Sunday in Dayton, Legend said, "we have to come together to make sure we do something about it.

We don't have to live like this.

There are meaningful actions we can all take to stop gun violence in our country." He also met with some of the family members of the victims, telling reporters, "And as a native Ohioan it's so heartbreaking to see this gun violence is acting such a heavy tool so close to home.

I just met one of the sons of one of the women that we lost last week and it's heartbreaking to see and heartbreaking to feel." During the week bookended by mass shootings in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio, in which gunmen killed 34 people, hundreds of others were shot to death across 47 U.S. states, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit group that uses local news and police reports to track gun incidents.

The deaths were the sort of everyday murders, suicides and accidents that may not grab the headlines of mass shootings, but in many ways show the true toll of the gun violence endemic to the United States.

More than 36,000 people are shot to death every year on average in America, according to U.S. government data compiled by the gun-control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.

That works out to about 100 a day, or one every 14-1/2 minutes.

Suicides account for more than 60 percent of those deaths.

Slightly more than a third are homicides.

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