Category: #GrassrootsGVP Report

5 Years Later: Remember Aurora.

5 Years Later: Remembering Aurora. Five years ago this week, hundreds of people gathered at an Aurora theater to watch a midnight movie premiere. About 30 minutes into the film, a gunman entered from a side door, threw out two canisters of smoke/gas and then began firing into the audience. Twelve were killed and another seventy were injured, including 3 in a nearby theater. The carnage only ended when the magazine on the gunman’s assault rifle jammed. And variations of this story occur every day in communities across our country. States United and our 32 independent state affiliates are committed to honoring all victims and survivors of gun violence with action, as we take on the corporate gun lobby in cities and states across the nation.

New Data: 4 Out of 10 “Self Defense” Handguns Owners Have Received No Formal Firearms Training. Training requirements for carrying guns in public are incredibly important, but an alarming number of gun owners say they have never had any formal training. This paper show why the corporate gun lobby’s plan to gut permitting standards nationwide through national Concealed Carry “Reciprocity” legislation and a flurry of Permitless Carry bills in the states is so outrageous. Learn more here.

#NRA2DOJ: Gun Violence Prevention Activists Marched in DC and in Solidarity Events in the States. Despite the sweltering heat last weekend, hundreds of gun violence prevention activists came together in Washington, DC to& demand justice for Philando Castile and call out the NRA’s racism and hypocrisy. Activists rallied in front of the NRA Headquarters and made an 18-mile trek to the Department of Justice in an event organized by the Women’s March and supported by a broad coalition of gun violence prevention groups with solidarity events taking place across the nation. Check out the Facebook live video of the rally at the DOJ that followed the march.

Beyond Physical: The Impact of Gun Violence on Communities. A new report from the Violence Policy Center and the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles presents details how people living in violent communities are at increased risk for a broad range of negative health and behavior outcomes. For gun violence prevention, evidence suggests that living in violent communities makes it even harder to break intergenerational cycles of violence. Research has also shown that exposure to the trauma of community violence is uniquely linked to development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially among children and teens. Read more and access the report here.

Asking Saves Kids: Help “Dear Abby” get the message


States United - #GrassrootsGVP Report - June 23, 2017


Asking Saves Kids: help “Dear Abby” get the message.  June 21 was National ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day. The ASK Campaign reminds parents and caregivers the importance of asking if there are unlocked guns in the homes where children play. But on ASK day, “Dear Abby” published a column advising a mother to avoid the “offputting” conversation about guns where her kids play. Help “Dear Abby” understand that this uncomfortable conversation can save kids lives.

Silence and inaction unacceptable in the face of gun violence. In the wake of last week’s shooting in Alexandria, Va., targeting Republican congressmen and their staff on a baseball field, Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.) said: “As with any constitutional provision in the Bill of Rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those rights that we enjoy as people. … And what we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly.” Read the brilliant response from Shira Goodman of CeasefirePA, Pennsylvania’s gun violence prevention group and States United affiliate.

NRA is silent over the verdict in the trial for the death of Philando Castile. The verdict in this case is in, and protests have happened across our country in response. One thing is for sure: Philando Castile is one of the black and brown Americans that has died in disproportionate numbers from a gun in the hands of law enforcement. This happens all too often in our country. But Mr. Castile was also licensed to carry a concealed handgun and this contributed to his death. Yet the corporate gun lobby, who supports public carry, has nothing to say. Check out this video from the Daily Show regarding the NRA’s silence.

Toxic masculinity, domestic violence, and mass shootings. While the corporate gun lobby and gun manufacturers continue to perpetuate harmful notions tied to toxic masculinity, which in part asserts that men must be violent, a common thread in many mass shootings is their link to domestic violence. In 2006, the Alexandria shooter was arrested for domestic battery and discharge of a weapon after reportedly punching his daughter’s friend and shooting at her boyfriend. The charges were dropped, but he later lost custody of his daughter


#DisarmHate Week: remembrance and action for Orlando and Charleston

States United - #GrassrootsGVP Report - June 9, 2017

#DisarmHate Week of remembrance and action for Orlando and Charleston.  States United and our 32 affiliates joined a diverse coalition of organizations to honor victims of hate-fueled gun violence in America and to demand that political leaders do more to prevent the approximately 8,000 hate crimes committed with guns that occur every year in America. This week marks one year since the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and two years since the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Last week, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced new legislation – the Disarm Hate Act – that would prohibit people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from possessing or purchasing guns. As it currently stands, under federal law a violent or threatening misdemeanor hate crime conviction does not prohibit someone from buying or having a gun.

Alexandria shooter used assault rifle commonly encountered by law enforcement. According to the Violence Policy Center, the model of assault rifle used by the Alexandria shooter was responsible for at least 23 line of duty deaths of law enforcement officers from 1998 to 2015. In six of those incidents, rounds fired from the weapon penetrated bullet-resistant vests. Polling data released Tuesday shows that 76% of Americans favor an assault weapons ban and 75% favor a ban on high-capacity magazines.

NBC to broadcast Megyn Kelly’s interview with Sandy Hook denier. Despite threats of a lawsuit from the several families of Sandy Hook victims, the dropping of Megyn Kelly from a hosting position of an event for Sandy Hook Promise, and an enormous public outcry NBC has said they will air the Megyn Kelly’s taped interview of Sandy Hook denier Alex Jones this Sunday. Jones is continuing to push more Sandy Hook conspiracy theories in the lead up to the show. Our Connecticut affiliate, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, is gathering signatures on this petition as part of the campaign to stop the airing of the interview.

Cycle of our shame: nearly one mass shooting per day in the United States. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been at least 156 mass shootings – defined as FOUR or more shot and/or killed in a single event not including the shooter – in our nation this year. That’s an average of nearly one per day. The high-profile incidents in Alexandria and San Francisco made national news, but the archive reported a total of 9 mass shooting incidents this week, and most of them have missed national coverage. Many of these ignored mass shootings have a deadly connection with domestic violence or impact marginalized communities in our country.

Corporate Gun Lobby Gaslighting

States United - #GrassrootsGVP Report - June 9, 2017

Corporate Gun Lobby Gaslighting: the NRA’s news outlet blatantly lied about Comey hearing to protect Trump.  According to Media Matters for America, the National Rifle Association’s news outlet NRATV spun former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the Senate intelligence committee to President Donald Trump’s advantage by flatly lying about what Comey said. After spending $30 million to elect Trump, the NRA has promised they will be “Donald Trump’s strongest, most unflinching ally.” That allegiance apparently extends to fabricating quotes from a public hearing for the benefit of the president.

“Orange-out”: States United affiliates lit America orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day. In parks, city halls, and statehouses across the country, our grassroots affiliates raised awareness and inspired culture change by wearing orange for gun violence prevention last weekend. And our affiliates work all year to #HonorWithAction to end gun violence in America. Click here to see highlights from Wear Orange and make a donation to support these amazing 32 state groups in the genuine grassroots work they do year-round.

Clergy from across Chicago unite to highlight solutions to reducing gun violence.  Live Free Chicago, a grassroots organization comprised of black churches striving for economic and political liberation, hosted a powerful conference to highlight solutions to violence and mass incarceration in Chicago. Marginalized communities, like black americans, are disproportionately impacted by gun violence. Click here to view a Facebook Live video of the conference. 

National League of Cities speaks out against Federally Mandated Concealed Carry. The National League of Cities, a membership organization of over 1,600 cities across the country, highlighted the difficulties for local governments that would arise from the NRA’s Federally Mandated Concealed Carry proposal. There is no national standard for concealed carry, and this proposal would not create one. Instead, it would institute a race for the bottom, and in one version of the bill, institute permitless and school carry nationwide.

Honoring victims and survivors with ACTION: why we #WearOrange

States United - #GrassrootsGVP Report - May 25, 2017


Honoring victims and survivors with ACTION: why we #WearOrange.  It’s a story that bears repeating: four years ago, Hadiya Pendleton had just finished her final exams for the year when she was shot in the back while standing with friends in a Chicago park. Two weeks earlier, this bright and beautiful young woman performed in President Obama’s 2nd inaugural celebration. Hadiya was just 15-years-old when she died from gun violence. Like so many Americans, she was taken from her loved ones far too soon. Hadiya’s friends and family decided to honor her death with action and decided to wear orange — the color that hunters wear in the woods for safety — to raise awareness and prevent future senseless gun deaths. Their action has inspired a national movement, with millions of Americans and people around the world participating in Wear Orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day each June. Our 32 genuine grassroots affiliates work year-round to raise awareness and prevent gun violence and are proud participants in #WearOrange tomorrow, June 2.

#StopMurderInsurance: Chubb and Lockton partnering with the gun lobby to sell murder insurance. Two insurance companies, Chubb and Lockton Affinity, have partnered with the NRA to provide “NRA Carry Guard” insurance to gun owners who shoot someone and claim “self-defense.” This horrifyingly cynical insurance plan is specifically designed to protect “Stand Your Ground” murderers like Trayvon Martin’s killer, and it provides coverage for criminal legal defense, firearm replacement, cleanup costs, a hotline for legal guidance, and other benefits. Tell Chubb and Lockton to cut their ties with the NRA and Stop Selling Murder Insurance.

Roll up your orange sleeves: ways to make an impact with #WearOrange this June 2.  The director of our affiliate New Mexicans for Gun Safety put it well, “If every one of us wearing orange also commits to at least one action a year toward ending gun violence — a lot would change. Truthfully, we need to roll up our orange sleeves and get to work.” So tomorrow, WEAR ORANGE and post a selfie on social media with #WearOrange and #GrassrootsGVP, attend an event in your community, and then join us in advocating for gun violence by connecting with your elected officials and pushing back against the corporate gun lobby’s culture of fear. 

#GrassrootsGVP: Connect with the SUPGV affiliate in your state to make an impact all year!  Our 32 grassroots state affiliates engage in innovative advocacy, meaningful education, and foster culture change with their passionate work to amplify the voices of activists in their states. Stay informed on what’s happening in your community, with organizations that put your state first while working together for a fifty state solution to ending gun violence. Find your affiliate here!