Gun Violence: Resources to Take Action

In 2017 alone, there have already been 307 verified mass shootings in the US. More broadly, there have been more than 13,000 firearm-related deaths, more than 26,000 injuries, and more than 1,600 accidental shootings. While it is mass shootings that get the most attention, we must not forget that 93 Americans are killed by guns each day, three times as many are injured, and 25 children die from firearms weekly.

When will we say “enough”?

These national organizations are lobbying Congress and organizing in communities to reduce gun deaths in America.

Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence
Gabrielle Gifford’s organization founded to persuade leaders to stand up for responsible gun laws. Offers scripts for calling Congress, and spreading the word to your friends and family.
Enough is enough: Sign the petition to tell Congress that enough is enough, make our communities safer from gun violence by taking action to make it harder for criminals, terrorists, and the dangerously mentally ill to get their hands on guns.

American Public Health Association
The APHA has a variety of resources and research on the gun violence epidemic. Participate in the APHA Action Alert: “Tell Congress to pass common-sense measures to reduce gun violence.”
Tell Congress to pass common-sense measures to reduce gun violence

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Learn how your state scores on gun laws and gun death rates. Support their campaigns to expand background checks for gun sales and hold gun manufacturers and sellers accountable.
Join the Massachusetts Brady Chapter: By joining a local Chapter you can help hold elected officials accountable and make a real difference in the safety of your family, neighbors, and fellow Americans.
How Did My Senator Vote on Brady Background ChecksTweet now to thank them for their support or Call now to tell them that you will hold them accountable.

Everytown for Gun Safety
Everytown’s list of 7 actions you can take to tell Congress that enough is #enough. Check to see if your town’s mayor supports the initiative for common-sense gun laws – call to thank them if they do, or ask them “why not?”
Call your senators and tell them you OPPOSE concealed carry reciprocity (Senate Bill 446).

Stop Handgun Violence
Features common-sense measures to limit injury and death from firearms, particularly for gun owners. Gun owners can be part of the solution – check out “Actions at Home.”
Volunteer with Stop Handgun Violence.