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Local and National Groups Working to Decrease Gun Violence

There are many opportunities to support organizations at the state and national level that are working to reduce gun violence

March 12, 2018

By Ceil Erickson, Director, Community Programs 

The horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida that took the lives of seventeen students and teachers has increased the awareness of and conversation around efforts to reduce gun violence in our country.  

There are many opportunities to become involved and take action to prevent future tragedies, including by supporting organizations that are working to reduce gun violence.

Two large national events in March will also gather people to support efforts to decrease gun violence and press for change:

  • National School Walk Out, March 14, which is the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting. At 10 a.m. around the nation there will be a 17-minute demonstration aimed at urging Congress to enact laws that protect schools from gun violence.
  • The March for Our Lives, on March 24 in Washington, D.C., and across the country, will push for safety from gun violence to be a national policy priority.

If you are interested in learning more or engaging on this issue, here is an alphabetical list of Washington state and national organizations working to keep communities free of gun violence.

Washington State Nonprofits:


Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation works to end gun violence in our state, focusing on policies and programs that contribute to gun responsibility in communities across Washington.

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence works collaboratively with other groups to reduce gun violence in Washington state. As a grassroots organization of grandmothers, they focus on making the world safer for children and advocating for gun sense and responsibility.

Washington CeaseFire promotes gun safety legislation and awareness of the dangers of guns in the home. They also advocate for safe gun storage and child-proof smart gun technology.

Washington State Firearm Tragedy Prevention Network was developed by Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide a forum for organizations, individuals and businesses from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds to work together to prevent firearm tragedies. They are committed to the safety of kids, families and communities.


National Nonprofits:

Americans for Responsible Solutions was founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot while meeting constituents in her district, to focus on commonsense solutions to America’s widespread gun violence. Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are Second Amendment supporters who advocate for expanded background checks, stiffer gun trafficking penalties and funding for studies and research on the causes of gun violence.

The Brady Campaign is focused on creating a dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries. It aims to cut the number of U.S. gun deaths in half by 2025 by focusing on background checks, stopping ‘Bad Apple’ gun dealers, litigating state and federal cases and voicing the dangers of guns in the home.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to end gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy. Forty-seven national organizations make up the coalition, which also focuses on enacting extreme risk protection order policies to remove firearms temporarily from individuals in crisis.

Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. They focus on reform in four main areas: background checks, domestic violence, preventable deaths and gun trafficking.

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence was formed by grieving mothers in the wake of a Brooklyn shooting in 1993. It has grown to have branches in 27 counties around the state and focuses on reducing gun violence through legislative advocacy and education designed to encourage action, influence public opinion and lead to policy change.

Newtown Action Alliance was founded by residents of Newtown, Connecticut following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The all-volunteer organization is dedicated to reversing the epidemic of gun violence by introducing safer gun laws and pushing for broader cultural change.

States United to Prevent Gun Violence is an affiliation of 32 state gun violence prevention groups working to make communities safer through common sense laws and anti-violence education.

The Violence Policy Center works to stop gun deaths and injuries through research, education, advocacy and collaboration. VPC has worked to support the Brady Bill and oppose concealed carry permitting, and it issues reports on the dangers of unregulated gun ownership and the toll of gun violence.



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