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Going head to head with the gun lobby (and winning)

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

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News Entries in gun violence prevention

  • Coming together to fight for gun violence prevention

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

    Americans are standing up to powerful special interests and taking the fight to the state level to prevent gun violence. By working together, OFA volunteers were able to make thousands of calls and get pledges from Washingtonians to vote “yes” on Initiative 594, which would expand background checks and close dangerous loopholes in gun sales.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Being honored by the White House is no small recognition—but if you ask Pam Simon or Teresa Crawford what it feels like to be named a Champion of Change, they'll be the first to say this award is about their community, not them.

  • Fighting for a safer Washington state

    We’re organizing to pass common-sense gun laws in our state.

    OFA volunteers are teaming up with the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility to organize for Initiative 594, a common-sense measure to expand background checks for all gun sales. Seven in ten Washingtonians support the measure, but we still have a lot of work to do in the coming months to make sure it becomes law.

  • I write for my sister

    Reduce gun violence—prevent one more brother losing a sister and one more mother losing a daughter.

    Six years ago, my family was supposed to meet for a birthday celebration, but instead we planned a funeral.

  • OFA volunteers stand with Newtown

    On the one-year anniversary of Newtown, Americans honored the victims of gun violence.

    On this solemn day, communities throughout the nation came together to remember the futures lost—and the futures we must commit to protect.

  • Do one thing today in honor of Newtown

    Send a simple message: We are Newtown.

    What happened a year ago hit so many of us so hard because it forced us to realize that no community is immune to the threat of such a tragedy. In that way, we are all Newtown.

  • Victims of domestic violence lose aid due to shutdown

    At least 2,000 shelters rely on funds from federal programs that have been halted by the government shutdown.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At a time when we should be focused on solutions to domestic violence, the government shutdown is hindering support for victims.

  • Read all about it: Americans ask Congress to act to prevent gun violence

    OFA Iowa
    From coast to coast, community leaders joined OFA supporters Wednesday to stand up and ask Congress to pass measures to prevent gun violence, including a measure requiring background checks on all commercial gun sales. Here's a look at how OFA made headlines nationwide:
    * Pennsylvanians gathered outside Representative Jim Gerlach's office to ask him to support legislation that would expand background checks ...

  • Demanding gun violence prevention in New Hampshire

    The streets of Nashua, N.H., were filled last week with OFA supporters voicing their support for common-sense gun violence prevention measures. Community members gathered at City Hall Plaza to raise the profile of an important issue that Congress has failed to act on.
    At the rally, volunteers were met by a group of anti-reform advocates who openly carried their own guns to the event ...

  • My son Daniel

    On April 20th, 1999, my beautiful and bright 15-year-old son was killed by two teenagers with guns in the library of Columbine High School.

    My son, Daniel, was a smart, quiet kid. He'd just become a straight-A student, and he was overcoming his shyness as a new member of the