The first step to change is making sure everyone over 18 is able to make their voice heard at the ballot, and that means getting out there and registering voters. Our partners at Rock the Vote have a great toolkit that can guide you step-by-step on hosting your own event
First, you can attend a town hall of one of your elected officials and ask them what they’re doing to protect their constituents from gun violence. Organize a group to attend with you so you can all have a chance to make your voice heard and demand your lawmakers take
Our work won’t be done at the end of this tour, so we need communities across the country to form coalitions to take action at the local level. We created a guide on how to create your own action group here, but here are the basics: Find a safe space,
Organizations like ChicagoStrong, Life Camp, Ceasefire, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Everytown for Gun Safety all work toward ending the epidemic of gun violence in our communities. You can donate to one of these organizations, or find an organization in your community to support. Every dollar you can donate
BACKGROUND CHECKS MATTER
It is too easy for the wrong people to obtain a firearm. Right now, federal law only requires you to obtain a background check if you purchase a gun from a licensed dealer. We must close the private sale loophole and make sure all sales undergo a background check. Read more
GUN SALES RECORDS ARE IMPORTANT FOR CRIME FIGHTING
The gun industry has operated with little meaningful oversight for far too long. ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives), the federal agency with jurisdiction to regulate the gun industry, has been forced by Congress to operate with one hand tied behind its back due to the
Gun violence research is a public health issue
We must provide the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) with dedicated funding to research gun violence as a public health issue. Even the original sponsor of the law that limits the CDC’s ability to do this research, former Congressman Jay Dickey, said that it was a
Area 23, Change the Ref, and Great Guns have teamed up to launch a campaign film for ‘Posts Into Letters’, an initiative that transforms social media posts into handwritten letters to petition members of the US Congress to introduce stricter gun control laws.
The Parkland survivors talk about the gun reform movement at the Girls’ Lounge at 4As in Miami. Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient shares why leadership is not about age, it’s about action.