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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

Latest

‘Here We Are Again’: On Gun Violence, White Nationalism, and the Scapegoating of Mental Illness Podcast
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‘Here We Are Again’: On Gun Violence, White Nationalism, and the Scapegoating of Mental Illness

In the wake of two mass shootings in a single weekend, Daniella sits down with CAP colleagues Chelsea Parsons, vice president for Gun Violence Prevention, and Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative, to try to make sense of it all.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford, 2 More Chelsea Parsons, Rebecca Cokley

BONUS EPISODE: Sharing the Mic on Gun Violence Prevention Podcast
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BONUS EPISODE: Sharing the Mic on Gun Violence Prevention

This week, Michele and Igor sit down with student activist Ryan Deitsh and BeMore Group Executive Director Dejuan Patterson to discuss efforts they are both taking to prevent gun violence in America.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

The Kids Aren’t Alright Podcast
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The Kids Aren’t Alright

Igor and guest host Chelsea Parsons, the vice president of Gun Violence Prevention at CAP, speak with the young people who organized March for Our Lives on the National Mall.

Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, Rachel Rosen, 1 More Chelsea Parsons

Why I’m Still Suing the President Podcast
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Why I’m Still Suing the President

This week, Michele and Igor sit down with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to discuss the renewed debate on gun control, among other issues.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

5 Years After Sandy Hook, Gun Massacres Are on the Rise Podcast

5 Years After Sandy Hook, Gun Massacres Are on the Rise

Michele and Igor talk with Sarah Clements about her experience of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School five years later.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

Do Progressives Take Communities of Color for Granted? Podcast

Do Progressives Take Communities of Color for Granted?

This week, Michele and Igor speak with Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela of the Futuro Media Group and discuss the progressive movement and gun violence.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

Harvey Weinstein, Rocket Man, and the NRA Podcast

Harvey Weinstein, Rocket Man, and the NRA

This week, Michele and Igor are joined by Hollywood producer Scott Budnick and Sen. Chris Murphy.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

BONUS EPISODE: Too Many Guns in America Podcast

BONUS EPISODE: Too Many Guns in America

Following the shooting at baseball practice for the annual congressional baseball game, Michele and Igor talk to Chelsea Parsons, vice president of guns and crime policy at CAP, about what we do with so many guns in America.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Chelsea Parsons, 2 More Sally Tucker, Rachel Rosen