WHY STATES UNITED
As progress on meaningful Federal legislation and action has ground to a halt, it is more urgent than ever that state gun violence prevention groups have the resources they need to effect change on the state and local levels. The independent state groups that have affiliated with States United know their states’ legislators, press outlets, and most pressing issues. Their laser-sharp focus makes them uniquely qualified to be the go-to gun violence prevention experts in their own states.
At the national level, legislators are predominately moved by hearing from constituents and leaders in their home states. Our state affiliates provide a critically important voice to counter the gun lobby. States United serves to amplify that voice and elevate state leaders.
States United to Prevent Gun Violence is unique in its commitment to independent state organizations, providing our 33 state affiliate affiliates with strategic support, operational backup, and opportunities for connection. Our support allows these independent organizations to work more efficiently and effectively, building healthy communities and reducing gun deaths and injuries through stronger laws, community education, and grassroots action. In this way, we are working toward a 50-state solution to end gun violence.
States United to Prevent Gun Violence was founded in 2000 by an affiliation of independent state gun violence prevention organizations drawn together to communicate, share expertise, and gain traction as a community in a common cause. In 2010, States United merged with Freedom States Alliance, a non-profit assembly of Midwest state organizations, to form a States United to Prevent Gun Violence 501(c)(3) non-profit. The States United to Prevent Gun Violence Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, incorporated in 2014. The two organizations maintain separate, though overlapping, boards of directors. States United is supported through foundation grants, affiliate member dues, and generous individual donors.