Our generation is going to end the epidemic of gun violence.
On February 14, 2018, there was a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. That day, we stood up and got America to pay attention to the epidemic of mass shootings for more than just a week or two.
On March 14, 2018, we walked out of our classrooms to protest this violence.
And ten days later on March 24, 2018, we organized a march for those who stand with us and are ready to END this epidemic of gun violence once and for all.
Now, we will march to the midterm elections this November, and we won’t stop our action until gun deaths in this country move from 96 per day to zero. (If you're looking to register to vote, check out how here!). We will give you actions to take leading up to the election!
In the meantime, take a look at the short explainers below that will help you learn what you need to educate others about gun violence and make a difference!
Why We Need Change: Americans Want Action
Gun Violence Facts
Every day in America, 315 people are shot – 46 of those are children and teens. In fact, 44% of people in the U.S. know someone who has been shot. 93-96 of the daily victims die as a result of their wounds. For the survivors, the mental and physical scars of being shot will be with them for the rest of their lives, and the cost for initial gunshot wound hospitalizations nationally averages more than $700 million annually.
Polls Show Americans Want Action
What Congress Must Do
Brady's Three Point Plan
In the aftermath of a mass shooting like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL Wednesday on February 14, we call upon Congress to immediately pass legislation to make it significantly harder for deadly weapons to be used by dangerous people. Join Us. By working together, we can take meaningful steps to prevent one more person from ever being shot.
- Strenghten the Brady Background Check System
- Ban Assault Weapons
- Enact Extreme Risk (ERPO) Laws
Brady Co-President Kris Brown explains Brady's Three Point Plan
Universal Background Checks
We recommend the completion of a Brady Background check on every gun sold. No one should be able to purchase guns without passing a background check in any state, no loopholes and no exceptions. Guns should not be sold if a background check is still pending. While some states have expanded their background checks, approximately half of the population still lives in states without these common-sense laws. Dangerous exceptions to the system that allow private sales to take place without conducting a background check at gun shows or via online sites put all Americans at risk.
Brady Co-President Avery Gardiner talks about the need for universal background checks
Background Check and Assault Weapon Ban Laws Work
- Background checks work to keep guns out of the wrong hands.Since the Brady background check law was enacted in 1994, more than 3 million prohibited purchases have been blocked, according to the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics.
It's been done before – and it worked. The sale of new semiautomatic assault weapons were banned in the United States from 1994 until Congress let the ban expire in 2004.
- 37% decline in gun massacres
- 43% decline in the number of people dying from mass shootings
- 70% decline in the percentage of gun crimes (not just homicides) involving assault weapons.
Overcoming the NRA
For decades the NRA has spent enormous sums of money to influence Members of Congress to prevent common-sense gun violence prevention measures.See Who the Gun Lobby is Buying
Bad Apple Gun Dealers
"Bad apple" gun dealers are the relatively small number of licensed gun dealers that supply virtually every crime gun in the U.S. Just 5 percent of gun dealers sell 90 percent of crime guns, and they often do it with business practices that they know are irresponsible or even illegal. By reforming or shutting down these "bad apple" dealers we can dramatically reduce gun crimes and gun deaths in our nation.