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Rights and Justice

Gun Violence Prevention

Our goal is to reduce gun violence by enacting strong gun laws, increasing investment in local solutions, and growing the movement dedicated to this mission.

Gun control advocates take part in a candlelight vigil to honor of the victims of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois outside the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, August 2019. (Getty/Michael A. McCoy/The Washington Post)

What We're Doing

Implement strong gun policies

The United States has fallen far behind its peer nations when it comes to keeping communities safe from gun violence. We work to develop federal and state legislative and executive action strategies to reduce gun violence and save lives.

Increase oversight of the gun industry

A combination of weak laws and lack of resources has left the gun industry in the United States essentially unregulated. We work to shine a light on this problem and develop effective solutions to ensure that this industry is required to help solve the epidemic of gun violence.

Support for public health and community-based solutions

Laws alone are not enough. Reducing gun violence requires a dedicated investment in public health approaches and community-based violence intervention programs.

Build an effective national coalition

We partner with national, state, and local gun violence prevention allies and organizations to harness our collective power to make meaningful change.

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Featured Work


Firearms and Injuries during Home Robberies in Mexico, 2010–2017 In the News

Firearms and Injuries during Home Robberies in Mexico, 2010–2017

Author Eugenio Weigend Vargas analyzes data on reported injuries from home robberies in Mexico and argues that policies to address organized crime and halt easy access to guns should be prioritized in the country's national security agenda.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Silvia Villarreal González

The Virginia special session on gun legislation doesn’t have to be a farce In the News

The Virginia special session on gun legislation doesn’t have to be a farce

Chelsea Parsons and Ed Chung argue that Virginia's special session on gun legislation should focus on commonsense measures to address the factors contributing to gun violence, rather than an ineffective, tough-on-crime approach.

Chelsea Parsons, Ed Chung

The Russification of the NRA In the News

The Russification of the NRA

Authors Chelsea Parsons and James Lamond respond to the recent revelation that the FBI is investigating whether Russia tried to help elect President Trump by funneling money through the National Rifle Association.

Chelsea Parsons, James Lamond

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