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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

No law or set of laws will end gun violence, but if even one life can be saved, there’s work to be done. And we're not backing down.

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ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Our country has suffered too many tragedies at the hands of dangerous people who use guns to commit terrible acts of violence. Though most gun owners use their guns legally and responsibly, there is more we can do to better protect our children and communities—and prevent tragedies like those in Newtown, Virginia Tech, Aurora, and Tucson.

 

TAKE ACTION

When a minority in the Senate stopped passage of a bipartisan, common-sense measure to expand background checks and better protect our communities and families, OFA supporters refused to back down. We know that local organizing can change a community, and that can change a state. And state by state, we can bring that change to the country.


There is more we can do to prevent gun violence—and we’re going to keep doing our part. Write a letter to the editor supporting background checks.


Nine out of 10 Americans support expanding background checks. It's the right thing to do. But a minority in Congress failed to stand up to special interests who wants to maintain the status quo—that’s why we’re taking the fight to the state and local level, where Americans can raise their voices at home in their communities.


Write a letter to your local paper and tell your neighbors it’s time to expand background checks for gun sales now.

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1.4 MILLION OFA SUPPORTERS DEMAND ACTION FROM CONGRESS

After a minority in the Senate stopped passage of a bill to expand background checks, OFA supporters gathered more than 1.4 million signatures from Americans demanding action and hand-delivered those petitions to Congress.

CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE

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The White House honored two OFA volunteers—Pat Simon and Teresa Crawford—for taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence. Their stories are extraordinary, and they exemplify the commitment that OFA volunteers bring to the table across the country.

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HOW BACKGROUND CHECKS WORK

Background checks save lives. Expanding background checks is a common-sense measure supported by nine out of 10 Americans—and 73 percent of gun owners—which would make our families and communities safer by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.


Federal and state lawmakers should act now to close the loopholes.


Meet some of the Americans standing up for background checks, then share your story of why you’re fighting to make your community safer from gun violence.

OFA isn't waiting for Congress to act—we're taking the fight to prevent gun violence to the state and local level.

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THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN

President Obama is not backing down—since Congress failed to act, he has proposed more than 20 Executive Actions to prevent gun violence. Learn more.

How you can help

SHARE YOUR STORY

If you or someone you know has been affected by gun violence, share your story today—or pass along this page to a friend to have them tell their own.

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Tom S.

Boulder, CO

My son Alex was murdered on 7/20 at the place we as a family spent many of his birthday’s, a movie theater ...

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Connect

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION NATIONAL GROUP

Join Connect—the community organizing tool created for OFA volunteers, staff, and supporters. Get talking about the issues you care about.

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In 2014, OFA volunteers took the fight on gun violence prevention state by state.

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Volunteers across the country called into Washington state to gather support for an initiative that would expand background checks.

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

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OFA volunteers honored as White House Champions of Change

Volunteers from Nevada and Arizona were honored by the White House earlier this month as two grassroots leaders taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence.

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