Rights and Justice

Gun Violence Prevention

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.

Gun control advocates take part in a candlelight vigil to honor of the victims of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois outside the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, August 2019. (Getty/Michael A. McCoy/The Washington Post)

What We're Doing

Implement strong gun policies

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.

Increase oversight of the gun industry

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.

Support for public health and community-based solutions

Laws alone are not enough. Reducing gun violence requires a dedicated investment in public health approaches and community-based violence intervention programs.

Build an effective national coalition

We partner with national, state, and local gun violence prevention allies and organizations to harness our collective power to make meaningful change.


The Devastating Impact of Stand Your Ground in Florida Article
Supporters gather during a candlelight vigil at a memorial for Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, March 2012. (Getty/Mario Tama)

The Devastating Impact of Stand Your Ground in Florida

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.

Chelsea Parsons, Eugenio Weigend Vargas

No More Complicity in Gun Violence In the News

No More Complicity in Gun Violence

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.

Neera Tanden, Chelsea Parsons

Jeb Bush’s License to Kill Report

Jeb Bush’s License to Kill

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.

Chelsea Parsons

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