News Entries in gun violence prevention
The latest advance for gun violence prevention: Todd Jones's confirmation as ATF Director
Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted 53-42 to confirm Todd Jones as the permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Following a bipartisan cloture vote, Jones was confirmed.
It's been seven years since the ATF had the permanent leadership it needs to effectively help protect our communities from gun violence. This is a victory for gun violence prevention advocates ...
Taking action on behalf of gun violence victims
"The people we lost in Aurora loved, and were loved. They were mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and dreams that were not yet fulfilled." —President Obama on June 21, 2012
In honor of the one year anniversary of the Aurora shooting, OFA volunteers across the country joined together to ...
You can buy my gun
I’m a firefighter paramedic with 23 years of service, a gun owner, and a hunter—but most importantly, I’m a father. All I can ask is for a safer world for my children and my community.
I have witnessed the devastation of guns and gun violence in both rural and urban areas firsthand. And through all of it, I can say violence has ...
Volunteers nationwide stand up in support of gun violence prevention
To mark the six-month anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, Americans nationwide are taking action. In at least 79 events across 26 states and Washington, D.C., people stood up to honor gun violence victims, including the 26 lives taken in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and more than 6,000 lives in the months since.
"The sign says Organizing for Action, and that's ...
Not backing down: Newtown six-month anniversary events
Today, more than 1,000 people across the country came together to remember the horrific tragedy that took place six months ago in Newtown, Connecticut, and to show Congress we will not back down in the fight for gun violence prevention.
In the aftermath of the Newtown shooting, President Obama laid out a plan to make our communities safer, including measures such as expanded background ...
It'd be a real shame if your name wasn't on this
The gun lobby is pretty happy with itself.
They succeeded in scaring members of Congress into voting against something that 90 percent of Americans—and 74 percent of NRA members—support. They like it the way things are, where the most powerful interest groups in Washington get to override the voices of millions of Americans.
OFA will be the grassroots movement that counteracts that. We ...
Make your voice heard: Sign this petition today
In 2009, my schoolmate Greg Robinson was in the backseat of a car returning home from a basketball game when someone with a gun opened fire. He died shielding his young cousins from gunfire.
Greg wasn't a gang member—he was a 14-year-old who wanted to play basketball. He was quiet and kind, and that year, he was the 28th student in the Chicago ...
Here's proof that what we're doing is working
Want proof that what OFA volunteers are doing is working? The senators who voted against expanding background checks are getting their poll numbers back since that vote—and they're not subtle. Check out how their approval ratings changed:
- Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH): Approval down four points, and disapproval up 11 points, for a net 15-point drop.
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): net approval drop: 16 ...
Add your name—we'll personally deliver this petition
Last week, 45 senators sided with the gun lobby and voted against expanding background checks for gun sales. I said then that we weren't going to forget—and that we weren't going to stop fighting until we get the job done. Today we're following through on that.
Next week, we'll deliver an OFA petition to Congress demanding that they take common-sense ...
Hold your senator accountable
Last week, 45 senators decided to stand with the gun lobby, blocking a bill to expand background checks—a measure that 90% of Americans support. They were hoping you weren't paying attention.
OFA supporters across the country are holding their senators accountable today—if you live in one of the states below, your senator needs to hear directly from you, one of the people ...
I can't get over this
A few months ago, I shared my story about my dad, Reuven, who was killed this past September in a mass shooting in Minneapolis. Since then, I've been fighting every single day to reduce gun violence, so no one else ever has to grieve like I did.
When the Senate defeated a bill that would expand background checks last week, I just couldn't ...
Gun violence legislation put on hold in the Senate to build support
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced from the floor of the Senate today that he will postpone further debate on gun legislation until background check legislation has the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.
"This debate is not over. In fact, this fight is just beginning," Reid said on the floor. "I've spoken with the president. He and I agree that the best ...
What do you have to say to Congress?
Yesterday, 45 senators chose to ignore their constituents and stand with the gun lobby. And because of Senate rules, this minority was able to stand in the way of a bipartisan measure to expand background checks for gun sales. A lot of people are reading the headlines today and wondering how these senators had the nerve to get up there—right in front of victims ...
Call your senators today
The Senate is expected to vote today on expanding background checks for gun sales—a measure that would go a long way toward reducing gun violence and making our communities safer. Our senators are debating right now, and we expect the vote to be very close—now is the time to speak up.
Can you pick up the phone right now and call the Capitol ...
More than 1.3 million Americans lost to gun violence
Every family that has lost loved ones to gun violence deserves a vote.
Tell Congress it's time to protect our kids and our communities.