Gun Violence Prevention

Take Action

Take Action2019-06-28T10:45:46-05:00

Take Action to Protect Children Not Guns!

Join us in our campaign to stand up, speak out, and organize with urgency and persistence until the President, members of Congress, governors, and state legislators protect children not guns.

  • Raise Awareness: Set up a table in a central location with information about gun violence, sensible gun safety legislation and other opportunities to protect children, reduce violence, and care for their health and mental health. Compile and distribute CDF’s 2016 Child Gun Deaths Factsheet and Truth About Guns 2018 Factsheet along with contact information for your members of Congress and the White House.
  • Demand Action: Contact policymakers persistently until they take real action to protect children, not guns. Also consider attending local public meetings—such as city council, school board, PTA or town hall meetings—to call attention to the issue of gun violence against children. Challenge leaders to hold a moment of silence to honor children in your community who have lost their lives to gun violence.
  • Host an Educational Forum: Organize an educational program or forum to discuss gun safety, inviting a guest speaker or speakers from your community. Many organizations have already developed materials on the topic that can be downloaded and shared, and many resources are available on our website.
  • Plan a Community Vigil: Partner with local organizations and congregations to hold a community vigil. Gather the names and numbers of children and teens lost to gun violence in your community. Remember each child lost to gun violence with poems, prayers and song.
  • Serve: Volunteer at a local organization which seeks to reduce violence and promote conflict resolution and peacemaking. Options may include after-school programs, in-school programs, juvenile detention facilities, domestic violence prevention programs, crisis hotlines and family support programs.
  • Raise Awareness: Set up a table in a central location with information about gun violence, sensible gun safety legislation and other opportunities to protect children, reduce violence, and care for their health and mental health. Compile and distribute CDF’s 2016 Child Gun Deaths Factsheet and Truth About Guns 2018 Factsheet along with contact information for your members of Congress and the White House.
  • Demand Action: Contact policymakers persistently until they take real action to protect children, not guns. Also consider attending local public meetings—such as city council, school board, PTA or town hall meetings—to call attention to the issue of gun violence against children. Challenge leaders to hold a moment of silence to honor children in your community who have lost their lives to gun violence.
  • Host an Educational Forum: Organize an educational program or forum to discuss gun safety, inviting a guest speaker or speakers from your community. Many organizations have already developed materials on the topic that can be downloaded and shared, and many resources are available on our website.
  • Plan a Community Vigil: Partner with local organizations and congregations to hold a community vigil. Gather the names and numbers of children and teens lost to gun violence in your community. Remember each child lost to gun violence with poems, prayers and song.
  • Serve: Volunteer at a local organization which seeks to reduce violence and promote conflict resolution and peacemaking. Options may include after-school programs, in-school programs, juvenile detention facilities, domestic violence prevention programs, crisis hotlines and family support programs.