Truth about guns

Policy Agenda & Research

Marian Wright Edelman's Child Watch® Columns

Protect Children, Not Guns: The Truth About Guns
March 2013

What Killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?
February 2013

Protect Children, Not Guns: Key Facts
January 2013

America's Broken Hearts
February 2013

Protect Children, Not Guns: Gun Violence in the States, 2000–2010
January 2013

Our Turn to Say No More—Right Now
February 2013

Federal Policy Agenda: Ensure Every Child a Safe Start
January 2013

We Cannot Stop Until Children Stop Dying from Gun Violence
January 2013

CDF-Ohio Issue Brief on Gun Violence
December 2012

TThe Massive Human and Moral Cost of Gun Violence
January 2013

Protect Children, Not Guns 2012: Full Report
March 2012

It Is Time to Act to Protect Children Against Gun Violence
December 2012


Dear God! When Will It Stop?
December 2012


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Organize for action

Together—with prayer, education, and action—we can help ensure every child a safe start through common-sense gun safety laws, strengthened mental health resources, and a commitment to counter the culture of violence. This will build on participation in prior events responding to the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. For some places of worship, this may be an initial effort to connect faith to action on ending violence against children. Now is the time to lift up the leadership and direction we expect from all our elected officials to join with people of faith and citizens across our nation to work for the peace, safety, and well-being of our children.

The following Faith Community Resources will help you plan any number of activities that are appropriate for you and those you lead:

Thank you for joining people of faith across America to stand up and speak out from our places of worship to demand that we protect children, not guns.


The following selected organizations are working hard to prevent gun violence:

Boston TenPoint Coalition:

An ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders working to mobilize the Boston community around issues affecting Black and Latino youth to end violence.

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:

An affiliate of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence that works to create an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in their communities. It works to pass and enforce sensible federal and state gun laws, regulations, and public policies.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:

A coalition, with 48 national organizational members, that seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement, and effective policy advocacy.

Legal Community Against Violence:

A public interest law center dedicated to providing legal assistance in support of gun violence prevention at the state and local level, and which provides free legal assistance to advocates, other community leaders, government officials and law enforcement seeking legislative and regulatory solutions to gun violence.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns:

A coalition of more that 600 mayors from large and small cities across the country, co-chaired by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City and Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston, with the goal of protecting their residents, especially children, from harm by stopping the threat of illegal guns and preventing criminals from getting guns illegally.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America:

A grassroots effort formed in the wake of the devastating mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School to build support for common-sense gun legislation. This nonpartisan organization has tens of thousands of members in more than 80 chapters across the United States.

States United to Prevent Gun Violence:

An organization representing gun violence prevention groups in 24 states that is focused on reducing gun violence in states across the country.

Violence Policy Center:

A national organization working to stop gun deaths and injury through research, advocacy, education, and collaboration, and which maintains a Concealed Carry Killers online resource that tracks incidents involving private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns.