It’s been three years since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. Since then, there have been over 150 school shootings across the country, and Congress has failed to pass federal law mandating background checks on ALL gun sales. Why? Maybe it’s because too many of them have been purchased by the gun lobby. Find out where your your Congress members stand with the NRA »
Get involved in your state by joining a gun violence prevention organization, where you can attend local events and be involved in changing gun laws at the state level. In California, join US! Not in California? Check out State United’s list of state affiliated gun violence prevention organizations.
The first and most powerful thing you can do to end gun violence is to VOTE, and to encourage all your family and friends to do the same. Bad politicians are elected by good citizens who don’t show up to vote.
Keep the conversation going: Talk to your friends, family and neighbors about guns. It has been a taboo subject for far too long and we need to normalize it. Find common solutions that appeal to both sides, like educating the public about gun safety, and enacting common sense laws like universal background checks that protect citizens while respecting the rights of lawful gun owners.
Social media is the political arena of our times, and is the best way to get a message out to a large group of people instantaneously. By simply sharing our messages and updates through social media, you can begin to affect change. Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter.
· Ask friends to join us. Sign up a specific # of friends per week.
· Volunteer at events. Help pass out information at a Farmers Market or similar community event.
· Commit to calling, writing, emailing or tweeting Congress every week.
· Share Women Against Gun Violence information through Facebook and Twitter three times a week.
· Ask your temple, church, school or community groups to bring in a speaker from WAGV or host a House Party featuring one of our speakers to educate your friends and sign them up as volunteers.
Know Your State’s Gun Laws
Be the Change
For far too long we’ve left the burden of gun reform on the shoulders of grieving parents and gun violence victims. It’s time for the rest of us to “be the change.”