Guns / Gun Violence
50 for the Future, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin – since 2000, at least 50 Wisconsinites have been killed in domestic violence homicides when the perpetrator was legally prohibited from possessing the firearm. Would background checks have prevented all of the tragedies? No. But undoubtedly, background checks would have made a difference in some of the cases. We hope that these 50 stories will spark change for a more peaceful future ~ 50 for the Future, Madison, WI.
Americans for Responsible Solutions – former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, retired Navy Captain and astronaut Mark Kelly, launched Americans for Responsible Solutions to encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership. As gun owners and strong supporters of the Second Amendment, Gabby and Mark know we must protect the rights of Americans to own guns for collection, recreation, and protection. But they also agree with the vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, that commonsense protections from gun violence can prevent shootings from shattering communities like Tucson, Aurora, and Newtown. Even commonsense solutions to protect our communities from gun violence have been hard to achieve. Why? Because entrenched interests like the gun lobby have used big money and influence to stop Congress from acting. Until now, the gun lobby’s political contributions, advertising and lobbying have dwarfed the influence of average, law abiding citizens. No longer. With Americans for Responsible Solutions and likeminded friends engaging millions of people about ways to reduce gun violence and supporting lawmakers willing to take a stand for responsible policies, legislators will no longer have reason to fear the gun lobby and their dangerously deep pockets, Washington, DC.
Asking Saves Kids – in America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result. The ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign promotes a simple idea with the potential to help keep kids safe. It encourages parents to ASK if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their children play. Parents ask all sorts of questions before their children visit other homes. They ask about pets in the house, discuss allergies and Internet access, and ask questions about supervision. ASK encourages parents to add one more question to this conversation: “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” It’s a simple question, but it has the power to save a child’s life. Every parent cares about the safety of their children. ASK allows parents to play an active role in keeping kids safe. Any parent can make a difference by ASKing, and encouraging others to do the same. For more than a decade, the ASK Campaign and its supporters have partnered with over 400 grassroots organizations to spread its message in neighborhoods nationwide. The ASK Campaign is a collaboration between the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics who has promoted the ASK message to its 62,000 members across the country.
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – we are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities. The Brady Campaign works to pass and enforce sensible federal and state gun laws, regulations, and public policies through grassroots activism, electing public officials who support common sense gun laws, and increasing public awareness of gun violence. Through our Million Mom March and Brady Chapters, we work locally to educate, remember victims, and pass sensible gun laws, believing that children have the right to grow up in environments free from the threat of gun violence. The Brady Center works to reform the gun industry by enacting and enforcing sensible regulations to reduce gun violence, including regulations governing the gun industry. In addition, we represent victims of gun violence in the courts. We educate the public about gun violence through litigation, grassroots mobilization, and outreach to affected communities, Washington, DC.
Cure Violence – we are advocates fighting to stop the spread of violence through our communities. Some of us are former gang members, drug dealers and even past perpetrators of violence, but we have changed our ways and we actively seek to diffuse potentially explosive situations and show our community members how to resolve conflicts peacefully, Chicago, IL. Read article, "Ranked #9 on Global Journal's list of Top 100 NGOs 2013."
Everytown for Gun Safety (formerly Mayors Against Illegal Guns) – everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives. But something is changing. More than 1.5 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives. Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your town. See domestic violence page.
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence – on Martin Luther King Day, January 17, 2011, 24 national faith groups announced the formation of "Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence," a diverse coalition of denominations and faith-based organizations united by the call of our faiths to confront America's gun violence epidemic and to rally support for policies that reduce death and injury from gunfire. We have grown to more than 50 groups representing tens of millions of Americans in faith communities across the nation ~ and our call to confront this epidemic has grown ever more urgent and imperative. Read Blog.
The Gun Show – a collection of posters for sale to promote gun safety. Artists from around the country have contributed posters to join the national conversation about guns, and to support efforts to reduce gun violence. The Gun Show is a project of the Creative Action Network, a marketplace for connecting causes with the artists who care about them.
The Gun Truth Project – an agile research team and gun lobby watchdog that develops rapid response analysis and coordinates strategic campaigns with organizations across the progressive continuum. Gun Truth provides a deeper level of research to investigate the gun lobby’s misinformation campaigns, expose policies that endanger public safety, and shine a light on the gun industry’s outsized political influence. The Gun Truth Project team is made up of experienced professionals in the areas of law, communications, investigations and advocacy.
International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) Women's Network – the IANSA Women's Network is the only international network focused on the connections between gender, women's rights, small arms and armed violence. It was formed in 2001 as a women's caucus at IANSA events and now links members in countries ranging from Fiji to Senegal, Argentina to South Africa, Canada to Sudan, London, UK.
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – the only national law center focused on providing comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention and the promotion of smart gun laws that save lives. As a non-profit organization founded by attorneys, we remain dedicated to preventing the lass of lives caused by gun violence by providing trusted, in-depth legal expertise and information on America's gun laws, San Francisco, CA.
Million Hoodies Movement for Justice – The Million Hoodies Movement for Justice is a national non-profit with over 50,000 members working to protect and empower young people of color from racial profiling and senseless gun violence through creativity and innovation. Our work recognizes that the conditions that caused the death of Trayvon Martin and many others like him are deeply embedded in institutional injustice and structural violence. While accountability in individual cases is important, we realize that we must attack the core inequalities in our society if we are to put a stop to the senseless deaths and systemic violence inflicted on people of color every day. Our core programs and activities include: institutional discrimination, gun reform, direction action & advocacy for victims & families, electoral & legal rights and education & empowerment.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms. We are a non-partisan grassroots movement of American mothers demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws, loopholes and policies that for too long have jeopardized the safety of our children and families.
National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit, Battered Women's Justice Project – to fulfill our mission the NCPRFFC provides assistance through consultation, written materials and training on: implementation and enforcement of the full faith and credit provision, enhancing enforcement of fed earl and state prohibitions related to domestic violence, federal domestic violence and stalking crimes, and promoting enforcement of custody provisions within protection orders, Arlington, VA.
Newtown Action Alliance – is an action-based grassroots organization founded by Newtown residents in the weeks after December 14, 2012. We are dedicated to reversing the escalating gun violence epidemic in this nation through the introduction of smarter, safer gun laws and broader cultural change. Our membership is open to anyone who wants to help makes this nation a safer place for our families and children. One of our strategies to bring about change is to build bridges between the many rural and urban victims and communities that have and continue to be impacted by gun violence. The ground swell of support, and the ever growing chorus of voices demanding changes that put the safety and well-being of all children, and all communities, above all else, is palpable. Our immediate goals: support policies and state legislators as they work to pass smarter, safer gun laws; support policies and federal legislators as they work to pass smarter, safer gun laws; and work together with other gun safety organizations towards safer schools, streets, towns and cities, Newtown, CT.
Parents Against Gun Violence – we are conservatives, liberals and moderates, gun owners and non-gun owners. What unites us is a conviction that there are many common-sense policies that can reduce gun violence, and especially the risk of harm to children. For too long, the debate has been captured by a polarized, all-or-nothing struggle. It is time for the debate to change. Hours after the Newtown, CT, killings, a coalition of parents and concerned adults across the US started informal discussions on Facebook. The outcome is this group. We are committed to: a) advocating a re-centered debate, focused on policies that scientific evidence and reasoned dialogue show have the greatest potential to reduce firearm-related deaths among children; b) finding and disseminating scientific, peer-reviewed research on the causes of gun violence and gun accidents, and on how to reduce both; and c) advocating for policy change. We will focus on the kinds of policies that we believe can build support across the political spectrum, policies supported by evidence and debate. If you share our goals, we invite you to join us. We are hopeful that there are tens of millions of American parents and other concerned adults who can find common ground for dialogue, and practicable policies that can make our country safer. Let’s talk about what policies have the greatest chances of reducing the likelihood of a tragedy like the Newtown, CT, shooting from ever happening again. And then let’s demand that our elected representatives make these changes.
Texas Gun Sense – a grassroots educational charity which works to promote an objective, fact-based dialogue on firearms in the State of Texas. We believe there is a constitutional right to bear arms; and that along with all rights comes responsibilities. TGS was founded in early 2013, fueled in part by the terrible tragedy in Newtown, CT, and supports not gun control but gun sense ~ a term invented right here in Texas by our organization, Austin, TX.
Violence Policy Center – a national non-profit organization working to fight firearms violence through research, education, and advocacy. As a gun control think tank, the VPC analyzes a wide range of current firearm issues and provides information to policymakers, journalists, public health professionals, grassroots activists, and members of the general public, Washington, DC.
Concealed Carry Killers – website details the current tally of killings committed by concealed handgun permit holders identified through news accounts from May 2007 to the present broken out by specific categories. Recognizing that the VPC is relying primarily on news reports, the actual numbers are most likely far higher. This tally is updated monthly. Clicking on each category's tally will link you to vignettes describing the circumstances for each killing, listed by state. The descriptions also include the current, known status of any charges filed against the permit holder as well as noting instances where the perpetrator committed suicide.