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Students Demand Action (SDA) was created in 2018, just after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, by a group of students who wanted a gun safety group of their own. Within weeks, sixty-five thousand students had signed up. The group’s goal is to empower high school and college students to talk to their local legislators and hold them accountable for gun issues, elect legislators who will take action on gun safety, and work in their communities to advocate for gun safety.
This is the biggest gun safety group in America with more than 5 million members and counting. Founded in 2014 by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Everytown was created to oppose the NRA and its influence in Washington, DC. Everytown’s mission is to “end gun violence and build safer communities.” The group advocates for commonsense gun laws, including more background checks for gun owners, laws to keep guns away from domestic abusers, and tougher gun-trafficking laws. It also has a political action committee that supports and opposes various congressional candidates, depending on their gun safety record.
Moms Demand Action (MDA) is part of Everytown. The two groups work together, with Everytown focusing on DC and national change and MDA focusing on local and state action.
Founded in 1974, this is one of the oldest gun violence prevention groups in the country. It was renamed in 2001 to honor Jim Brady, the White House press secretary who was shot during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. The Brady Campaign has three main goals: universal background checks, cracking down on “bad apple” gun dealers who sell guns to criminals, and educating families on the dangers of guns in the home (homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings).
This is a nonprofit political action committee founded by Gabby Giffords and her husband after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. Giffords, a former US congresswoman from Arizona, was the victim of a mass shooting in 2011. The group spends money during elections to help get gun sense candidates into office and to help unseat candidates who are opposed to gun safety legislation. They have also helped pass more than two hundred stronger gun laws in forty-five states and Washington, DC.
Founded in 1974, this nonprofit group “seeks to prevent gun violence through data-driven policy development and aggressive advocacy.” Which means they are creating policies and writing bills that could be voted into law. They are dedicated to countering the gun lobby.
A national nonprofit organization founded and led by family mem-bers of students killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Sandy Hook Promise has a mission to “build a national movement of parents, schools and community organizations engaged and empowered to deliver gun safety programs and mobilize for the passage of sensible state and national policy.” Members run mental health and wellness programs that identify and help at-risk individuals. So far, 3.5 million parents, educators, community leaders, and students have completed Sandy Hook Promise trainings, and 2.5 million American’s have signed their promise: “I promise to do all I can to protect children from gun violence by encouraging and supporting solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities.”
This is a gun safety group for gun owners. The advocacy group supports Americans’ right to own guns and urges gun owners to store their weapons safely. Specifically, to store firearms and ammunition locked and separate and to support universal background checks.