On Wednesday, December 14th, it will be 10 years since 20 first graders and 6 educators were slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is incomprehensible that this type of loss of life continues to plague the United States, as guns are now the leading cause of death for young people.
To that end, over the last several months, we have witnessed devastating gun violence in our educational spaces (Uvalde and the University of VA); instances of hate in (Buffalo and Colorado Springs); workplace violence (Walmart in Chesapeake, VA) and in too many other places across the US. Easy access to firearms continues to destroy family after family.
Our Work For Change in 2022
Arizona – The Campaign helped beat back a dangerous guns on campus bill by working with key allies late last year and this year.
Montana – Montanans scored a victory when the State Supreme Court reaffirmed the Board of Regents’ state constitutional right to regulate campus safety, and thus the final arbiter of whether guns should or should not be allowed thereupon. The Campaign helped Montanans persuade the Board to file their successful lawsuit.
Florida – for the 8th year, we helped keep guns on campus legislation from moving forward.
Georgia – Our Safe to Thrive project (SAFE = Store All Firearms Effectively) presented training programs on safe gun storage to over two hundred people involved with foster/kinship care.
New York – We marched in Buffalo to protest the hateful attack that took 10 lives and injured others in a local grocery store in the heart of the city’s African American community.
Federal – President Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. This is the first federal gun legislation to pass in over two decades. It was not all we wanted, but it was a real first step and The Campaign was there for the bill signing celebration.
Looking Ahead to 2023
In 2023, we anticipate being active in Arizona, Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio and West Virginia. The Campaign will go where the work needs to be done so K-12 schools, college campuses and their connected communities are made safe and gun-free, no matter what.