Our hearts go out to the communities of Uvalde, Buffalo, Orange County, and all those who have been affected by gun violence. Enough is enough. It’s time to take action.
Looking for ways you can help? Donating to organizations that are fighting to end gun violence is a great place to start. There are lots of incredible organizations that are dedicated to ending the gun violence epidemic in the United States. Here is a list of a few of these organizations for you to consider donating to.
Everytown for Gun Safety
In 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America came together to tackle their shared goal of ending gun violence and created Everytown for Gun Safety, which is now the largest gun violence prevention organization in America. Everytown is a nationwide movement that consists of over 8 million mayors, teachers, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans. They work to end gun violence by taking on armed extremism, pressuring lawmakers to improve gun laws, educating the public about common-sense gun laws and responsible gun ownership, mobilizing grassroots supporters, and by amplifying the voices of survivors of gun violence.
Brady is one of America’s oldest and boldest gun violence prevention groups, with their history of success going back decades. The organization is named for Jim and Sarah Brady who dedicated their lives to fighting for gun reform after Jim, who worked as the White House Press Secretary, was shot during an assassination attempt of President Ronald Raegan in 1981. The Brady Bill, which required Brady Background Checks on all handguns purchased from federally licensed firearm dealers, became a law on November 30, 1993. The signing of the Brady Bill was only the beginning. Sarah continued to advocate for common-sense gun laws at the state and federal level throughout the rest of her life. Today, led by Kris Brown, who saw Jim and Sarah’s bipartisan impact on Capitol Hill firsthand, Brady continues to uphold Jim and Sarah’s legacy by uniting people from coast to coast, progressives and conservatives of every race, ethnicity, and identity, to combat the epidemic of gun violence.
Sandy Hook Promise
Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Their mission is to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through their proven, evidence-informed Know the Signs programs and sensible, bipartisan school and gun safety legislation, they teach young people and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others.
Giffords is an organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, they inspire the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer. They are a leader in the movement to end gun violence in America and they are fighting to end the gun lobby’s stronghold on our political system. Their efforts shift culture, mobilize voters, and challenge injustice.
Newtown Action Alliance
Newtown Action Alliance is a Newtown-based, national grassroots organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Their mission is to achieve the steady and continuous reduction of gun violence through legislative and cultural changes. They are a group of advocates, families of victims and survivors of gun violence, who are working to transform tragedy into meaningful action to end gun violence. They are dedicated to reversing the escalating gun violence epidemic in this nation through the introduction of smarter, safer gun laws and broader cultural change.
Center for Gun Violence Solutions
The Center for Gun Violence Solutions combines the expertise of the country’s most respected gun violence researchers with the skills of the nation’s most experienced gun violence prevention advocates. They develop and apply scientific research to identify a range of innovative gun violence solutions and to advocate for systemic changes. This combination creates a unique opportunity to turn public health research into policy action that reduces all forms of gun violence and saves lives. Founded at the Bloomberg School in 1995, the Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy has been widely recognized for its high-quality research, analysis, and innovative approaches to preventing gun violence.
We hope this list inspires and empowers you to get involved in the fight to end gun violence. Be sure to continue researching on your own to find more organizations to support, donate to, and volunteer for. The fight against gun violence is one that’s going to take action from each and every one of us – remember, there are lots of ways to take action and all of them are important – so take action however you can!
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