The mission of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. The organization played a key role in passing the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993, which established the background check system that has blocked over three million prohibited gun purchases and helped save countless lives. Today, Brady advocates for a three-point plan including expanding background checks to all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and passing Extreme Risk Protection Order laws.
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. They are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.
Twenty-five years ago, Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV) was founded by feminists Betty Friedan and Ann Reiss Lane to take meaningful action to stem gun violence. Over the past two and a half decades, the women and men who make up WAGV’s Board of Directors have taken on that challenge through both its innovative program work that’s been replicated nationwide and through legislative action that made California one of the safest states in America. From the banning of assault weapons, to the prohibition of junk guns and armor piercing ammunition, to the more recent laws against loaded, unsecured weapons in the presence of children, and a measure helping law enforcement determine if a troubled person owns guns, WAGV has been front and center in the longtime movement to keep children, families and communities healthy and safe.