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Our Demands


We demand that Congress enact an immediate resolution declaring gun violence a public health crisis and dedicating federal funding to research solutions and implement violence intervention programs. We demand Congress recognize all forms of gun violence, including violence committed by police.  


The priority policies we support

  • Banning Assault Weapons & High Capacity Magazines / S. 2095

  • Expanding Background Checks to All Gun Sales / S 2009

  • Passing Gun Violence Restraining Order Law / H.R. 2598 /  S. 1212

  • Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act / S.1856 / H.R. 1556
     

The priority policies we oppose

  • Conceal Carry Reciprocity HR 38 / S 446

  • Any legislation that would aim to fortify our schools with more guns.
     

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The priority policies we support

  • DEMAND 1: Banning Assault Weapons & High Capacity Magazines / S. 2095

    • In this country there is a fine line between wanting to be protected, and wanting to intimidate others. It’s all in the title - assault weapons don’t protect, they harm and too easily these deadly weapons can be bought, sold, and distributed within the borders of our nation. How can we enjoy “freedom,” if our own country condones the selling of deadly, military-grade weapons which threaten our very existence? The right to bear arms should not be the right to kill.

  • DEMAND 2: Expanding Background Checks to All Gun Sales / S 2009

    • With 1 in 5 gun purchases being a no-questions-asked purchase, dangerous people have the ability to easily purchase guns from “private” sellers at gun shows, over the internet, and even through magazines in states that don’t require background checks. The well-researched connection between a history of domestic violence and gun violence combined with expanded background checks could have prevented much of the gun violence we experience in this country. We know states that required background checks on all handgun sales or permits had 35% fewer gun deaths per capita than states without that background check requirement.

  • DEMAND 3: Passing Gun Violence Restraining Order Law / H.R. 2598 /  S. 1212

    • Time and time again we hear people commenting on how they saw it coming or “always knew it would be him” yet, as was seen in Parkland, Florida, tips to police and even the FBI don’t always stop mass shootings because not all tips are investigated and valued. And even if those tips had been taken seriously there currently is no a law in Florida which would have allowed the temporary removal of firearm. Gun violence restraining orders would provide a consistent and localized system for people to provide reasonable suspicion to local courts resulting in the expeditious removal of guns from those showing signs of potential to harm themselves or others followed by due process.

  • DEMAND 4: Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act / S.1856 / H.R. 1556

    • In 2017, there were only 14 days when police didn’t kill someone, so it’s important that when we talk about gun violence we not forget state-sanctioned gun violence that disproportionately impacts black and brown communities. Black people make up 13% of the U.S. population, yet constitute 1/4th of those killed by police. This act would slow the process of turning our neighborhoods into war zones by preventing the police from having the weaponry and equipment of invading armies.


The priority policies we oppose

  • DEMAND 5: Conceal Carry Reciprocity HR 38 / S 446

    • This law would force each state to honor the concealed carry laws of all others, basically allowing anyone who can conceal carry guns in public in one state, to do so in every state. This law would set back states with some of the safest gun laws like New York, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island - which also happen to be the six states with the least amount of gun-related deaths. Currently twelve states allow permitless carry which means no training or background check are required for concealed carry.  

  • DEMAND 6: Any legislation that would aim to fortify our schools with more guns.

    • Guns do not belong in schools. With Parkland, Sandy Hook, and the dozens of other mass shootings as reference, the damage guns can do has become abundantly clear. To now deliberately place them in the hands of undertrained, if not untrained, teachers is irresponsible and potentially disastrous, especially for black and brown students. Studies from the Journal of Pediatrics show that gun related injuries kill more than one thousand children each year. Neither children, nor their teachers or school staff, should ever worry if they will ever contribute to this statistic. And we can’t gloss over the fact that a push for armed security and teachers in schools would disproportionately impact black and brown kids by turning schools into prisons and bringing police brutality into the classroom. Schools should become and remain gun-free zones for students, teachers, security, and staff.

Gun violence is a complex issue and one that will be hard to eradicate completely. But doing nothing has not and will not prevent the senseless loss of life that has become commonplace in America. The demands outlined above are not an exhaustive list of what needs to be done to make a safer community for all of us, but they will address some of the strongest contributors to gun violence and allow for an expansion of the conversation around gun violence prevention and what safety can look like without guns.

We demand that Congress enact an immediate resolution declaring gun violence a public health crisis and dedicating federal funding to research solutions and implement violence intervention programs. We demand Congress recognize all forms of gun violence, including violence committed by police.  

Contributors: Brea B. (23), Zarina I. (17), Tatiana C. (16), Michael C. (16), Winter (17), Kim R. (adult ally)