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Rights and Justice
Our goal is to reduce gun violence by enacting strong gun laws, increasing investment in local solutions, and growing the movement dedicated to this mission.
The United States has fallen far behind its peer nations when it comes to keeping communities safe from gun violence. We work to develop federal and state legislative and executive action strategies to reduce gun violence and save lives.
A combination of weak laws and lack of resources has left the gun industry in the United States essentially unregulated. We work to shine a light on this problem and develop effective solutions to ensure that this industry is required to help solve the epidemic of gun violence.
Laws alone are not enough. Reducing gun violence requires a dedicated investment in public health approaches and community-based violence intervention programs.
We partner with national, state, and local gun violence prevention allies and organizations to harness our collective power to make meaningful change.
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Amid a 20 percent surge in gun deaths across North Carolina from 2016 to 2020, Ted Budd made more than $4 million by flooding the state with guns.
Nov 3, 2022
the Center for American Progress Action Fund
Even after several high-profile mass shootings in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott continues to weaken the state's gun crime laws; gun deaths have surged 44 percent during his time in office.
Violent crime in Minnesota is increasingly fueled by guns, with the share of murders committed with a firearm increasing 27 percent and statewide gun sales surging a stunning 180 percent in the past decade.
Oct 31, 2022
Violent crime in Oregon is increasingly fueled by gun violence, with the share of murders committed with a gun in Portland surging 25 percent in recent years. Christine Drazan and Betsy Johnson would only make things worse.
Oct 25, 2022
MAGA Republicans in Florida have driven a massive surge in gun-related violence, with gun crime increasing 20 percent since Gov. DeSantis took office.
Oct 20, 2022
Pennsylvania’s violence problem is increasingly a gun violence problem: While homicides have decreased over the past decade, the share due to guns has increased by 13 percent. MAGA Republicans would make it worse.
Oct 18, 2022
Brian Kemp made dangerous gun laws a key part of his campaign for governor in 2018—and since taking office, he has doubled down on these policies: Under Kemp’s watch, the number of homicides in Georgia has surged a stunning 23 percent.
Oct 6, 2022
Donald Trump has blamed Gov. Steve Sisolak for what he calls a “cesspool of crime” in Nevada, but it's his fellow Republican Joe Lombardo who oversaw a record spike in murders while serving as Clark County sheriff.
Sep 28, 2022
Gov. Tony Evers’ veto of MAGA Republican laws has prevented an even more severe rise in gun violence.
Sep 22, 2022
Since the Tucson mass shooting, Arizona Republicans have passed more than a dozen dangerous gun laws; now, Arizonans are paying with their lives.
Sep 21, 2022
In 2022, Democratic-led states focused on passing laws to keep kids safe in schools, while Republican-led states focused on banning books.
Sep 7, 2022
As the gun lobby increases its donations to GOP candidates, the Republican Party unifies against gun control, including against passing the assault weapons ban.
Aug 25, 2022
Despite strong opposition from law enforcement agencies, Republicans have passed gun laws that endanger police officers.
Jul 17, 2022
Responding to the judicial overreach of a radical Supreme Court majority will require long-term structural reforms to the courts and immediate action to mitigate the harms caused by their wrongly decided decisions.
Jul 5, 2022
the Center for American Progress
Ben Olinsky, Grace Oyenubi
As Florida voters head to the polls to choose a new governor, they face a stark choice on gun safety, particularly regarding the state’s dangerous stand your ground law.
Oct 17, 2018
Chelsea Parsons, Eugenio Weigend Vargas
In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, authors Neera Tanden and Chelsea Parsons urge Republicans in Congress to work with progressives to help end the epidemic of gun violence.
Oct 6, 2017
U.S. News & World Report
Neera Tanden, Chelsea Parsons
Gov. Bush’s leadership in enacting the nation’s first expansive “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law has hurt public safety and placed a disproportionate burden on communities of color—not just in Florida but also nationwide.
Jul 28, 2015
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