The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is a 501(c)(4) organization that was founded in 1974. The CSGV seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy. CSGV’s guiding principle is simple. We believe that all Americans have a right to live in communities free from gun violence. http://csgv.org
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence works to pass, enforce, and protect sensible laws and public policy that address gun violence at the federal and state level. They do this by engaging and activating the American public, electing officials who support common sense gun laws, and increasing public awareness of gun violence. Through their advocacy campaigns and Million Mom March and Brady Chapters, they work locally to educate people about the risks of gun ownership, honor victims of gun violence, and pass sensible gun laws. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence develops and implements extensive public health and safety programs and utilizes the courts to reduce gun violence. Through their Legal Action Project, they represent victims of gun violence in cases against irresponsible gun sellers and owners. Through their public health and safety programs, they inspire safer attitudes and behaviors around the 300 million guns already in our homes and communities and new gun purchases taking place every day. http://www.bradycampaign.org
Heeding God’s Call is a faith-based movement to end gun violence by stopping the flow of illegal guns from gun shops to the street. Heeding God’s Call helps local faith communities organize advocacy campaigns to encourage gun shops to adopt a code of conduct to deter illegal purchasing and trafficking of handguns. http://www.heedinggodscall.org
ROOT is a nonprofit that mobilizes communities to reduce homicides resulting from gun and youth violence. ROOT’s community-based approach focuses on gun violence not as a legal issue, but as a public health crisis. http://www.rootinc.org
The MedSTAR Trauma program, featured in Trigger, is one of the nation’s most advanced level I shock/trauma units as verified by the American College of Surgeons. http://www.whcenter.org
Protest Easy Guns are concerned citizens, who believe that it is too easy for killers to purchase guns in America. We are not against hunters, guns for private protection or collectors of guns. We are for background checks for gun purchases and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, dangerous individuals, and people not capable of handling a gun responsibly. We began as a group of 32 women in Alexandria, Virginia who held a civil protest to express outrage over the shootings that took place at Virginia Tech, the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S.history. Our goal is to help people make their voice heard about the travesty of lax gun laws in America threatening the lives of our citizens and change these lax gun laws to save American lives. www.protesteasyguns.com
Since its founding in the 1940’s, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has supported Presbyterians in their work as peacemakers in many capacities: conscientious objection to war, opposition to nuclear weapons, advocacy, gun violence prevention, and other forms of nonviolent direct action. In 1980, members of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship were instrumental in encouraging the Presbyterian General Assembly to pass the document called “Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, which initiated the annual Peacemaking Offering in many churches, and established the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the denomination. Over the last 30 years, the Peacemaking Fellowship has continued to partner with the Peacemaking Program in efforts surrounding peace. The Peacemaking Fellowship’s resources on gun violence were developed specifically with church congregations in mind, and can be downloaded here.
The GATE Program (Miami, FL) is an interventional performance based program for first and second-time juvenile weapons offenders, which provides the individual with a firsthand look at the immediate and long-term impact of violence upon the victims and their families. Through the program, participants examine unhealthy behaviors and risk factors that lead to the decision of using violence as a solution, the personal and legal consequences of making this decision, and choices – attitude and behavioral changes that can and should be made. Connect with the GATE program on Facebook.