The US is reaching epidemic levels of gun violence, claiming on average 93 lives daily, and yet common-sense federal gun safety measures are rejected at every turn. In the push for smarter gun legislature, we must scrutinize and contextualize gun violence, identifying it as the systemic problem it is. When instances of gun violence occur, and particularly with mass shootings, the narratives constructed around each tragedy are crafted differently according to the race of the assailant, the number of people impacted, and the race and gender of the victims. CFFP calls for a deeper scrutiny around the way that normative and biased ideas about gender and race influence mainstream narratives about gun control and mass shootings. Such blatantly racist and sexist narratives, encouraged by the gun lobby, fuel extraordinary misperceptions about the harm caused by gun violence and succeed in keeping gun legislation off the table.
In light of the recent investigations into deaths, unlawful segregation, and evidence of unjust practices in immigration centres. CFFP calls for scrutiny of the current reliance on immigration detention in the UK. We believe detention is a traumatic and unjust practice that has no place in the asylum process. It is both unjust and inefficient to lock up those who have come to the UK seeking protection and refuge. Those applying for asylum in the UK should be treated with dignity and should be given the opportunity to live in their community while their claims are considered. Prompt action is necessary to afford detainees the protection they need and to give refugees the platforms to speak for themselves and their individual circumstances.