It is time for a renewed call to #BanWeaponsofWar.

There is absolutely no reason for weapons of war—assault rifles, assault pistols, and assault shotguns—to be sold on the civilian market. Too many Americans are being senselessly gunned down in public spaces in towns and cities across the nation.

Military-style semi-automatic assault weapons are designed to efficiently kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. Our schools, malls, concerts, movie theaters, grocery stores, restaurants, nightclubs, food festivals, streets, workplaces, and places of worship are being turned into war zones filled with terror, devastation, and terrible loss. 


The ATF is the federal government’s key agency for enforcing gun laws in our country.  For over 7 years, it has operated without the necessary leadership to keep illegal guns out of our communities. But that can change. 

In April 2022, President Biden nominated former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach as ATF director. Dettelbach is a former U.S. Attorney and veteran prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice. He has a proven track record of working with federal, state, and local law enforcement to fight violent crime and combat domestic violent extremism and religious violence. 

A bipartisan group of more than 100 mayors has already endorsed Dettelbach, urging the Senate committee to vote swiftly to confirm him, praising his decades of experience and ability to work effectively with local leaders. 

It’s now up to Senators to do their part by confirming Steve Dettelbach as ATF Director. 


Students can’t learn, and teachers can’t teach, if they aren’t safe in their schools.

School district superintendents and boards of education need to do more than lockdown drills to protect students, teachers and staff from the threat of gun violence. They need to address a root cause of school shootings: the irresponsible behavior of gun owners who don’t securely store their firearms. They should be part of the solution in educating parents about the urgency of safe firearm storage and safe storage laws, and the legal consequences of not securing their firearms. 

More guns locked up. Fewer lockdowns.