• The path ahead on gun violence prevention

    Inaction in Congress doesn't mean that change can't happen. Here's what's happening in Washington state.

    If you're frustrated by the lack of progress to prevent gun violence in this country, you're not alone.

    Earlier this summer, President Obama said, "My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage."

    He called on the American people to stand up and demand change, and that's exactly what we're doing. OFA supporters are taking on the powerful, out-of-touch gun lobby—and we're willing to take this fight state by state to demonstrate that there's a way to win.

    I want to tell you about what supporters in the state of Washington are up to: OFA volunteers are part of a progressive coalition that gathered enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot this November that could expand background checks on gun sales. Right now, thanks to their efforts, polls say that Initiative 594 has the support of more than 70 percent of voters.

    When I talk to folks who are fed up on this issue, I point to Washington state as a real path forward.

    It's worked in other states too. While too many politicians in D.C. were unwilling to stand up to the powerful special interests, Connecticut, Colorado, and several other cities and states have tightened background check laws since the tragedy in Newtown.

    Initiative 594 in Washington is gearing up to be a face off between a grassroots movement of people who want change and the powerful, well-funded gun lobby that will fight any measure tooth and nail.

    If we can prove we can win this one, then we could see a whole host of other states and cities willing to take this on.

    That's how change can happen—we've seen it on everything from climate to marriage equality. Local organizing can change a community, and that can change a state. And state by state, we're changing the country.

    We're working on pulling together ways for anyone to pitch in with the fight in Washington state—more on that soon.

    Today, we're asking you to stand up and say you're ready to take this fight on with us.

    It'll take real grassroots organizing—add your name and say you'll help fight for common-sense gun violence prevention wherever we can make progress.

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