There is no single solution to end the gun violence epidemic. We need to enact a comprehensive package of gun violence prevention policies in order to solve this crisis for good. This approach is proven to work. But several critically-important safety policies are still out of reach, blocked by constant threats of legislative walk-outs and lawmakers unwilling to take bold action to
counter the gun lobby.
We have the power to reduce gun violence in our communities.
It’s time to tackle this crisis head-on.
Increase investments in community-based violence intervention programs that address the root causes of violence and help people heal.
These programs work with youth and families to address factors that cause violence, reduce conflict and get back on track after violence occurs.
Keep guns out of the wrong hands by requiring a license, training, fingerprinting, completed background check, and a 10-day waiting period to purchase a firearm.
We require a hands-on safety test and a license before you can drive a car, but not to buy an assault rifle or other firearms. Evidence shows that licensing, training requirements and a waiting period can each reduce gun violence.
Collaborate with local leaders and educate the public to make use of the safety policies Oregon has already passed.
Jurisdictions with a dedicated plan and funding to implement gun violence prevention policies have been as much as four times more effective at removing firearms from dangerous situations.
“Two weeks before Christmas, my mom Cindy went to the mall to buy gifts for our family, and she never came home. While she was carrying her bags around Clackamas Town Center, a gunman opened fire with a stolen gun, and he killed her.
My mom was a hospice nurse who always took care of others, and she was the best mom. It’s been nine years since that awful Tuesday when we got the call that my mom was killed, and I still think about her every day. I just had my first baby, and during my pregnancy, I wished I could’ve called my mom to ask her advice. I’m sad for my daughter that she’ll never get to meet her grandma—because my mom would’ve been the world’s best grandma.
What hurts most is that her death was entirely preventable. Increasing gun safety so that this doesn’t happen to other families will mean my mom didn’t die for nothing.”