After this last gun-violence massacre (which one? The one in Colorado? The one in San Bernadino? The one that might be happening as you read this, if the current trend continues?), more than a few people called for change. The situation, as it stands, is untenable. We have lost more Americans to guns since 1968 than on the battlefield in all US wars. Does that sound like B.S.? It should. But it’s not.
On December 3rd, Uproxx suggested an idea which, in America — a nation formed through revolt — is increasingly looking like a revolutionary notion: actually trying to do something. Doing nothing (or actively fighting change) is, unsurprisingly, ineffective at stemming the flow of gun-related deaths.
So if you’re done thinking, praying, tweeting, and hashtagging, and if gun control is a cause you want to get behind, let’s look at where you can start and who you can support. Let’s try something.
For a comprehensive look at the causes of gun violence and the issues that it encompasses — terrorist attacks being only one of many — explore Everytown, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded last year, combining Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
According to the site, Everytown “seeks to improve our understanding of the causes of gun violence and the means to reduce it — by conducting groundbreaking original research, developing evidence-based policies, and communicating this knowledge to the American public.”
Donations aid Everytown in continuing its commitment to research, public awareness, and the developing of solutions to the epidemic of gun violence.
Formally established in 1995, the Center for Gun Policy and Research has obtained a national reputation for groundbreaking, meaningful, and policy-relevant research in the area of gun violence. University based, they are required to conduct research in the absence of funding from external political groups or authorities that might otherwise attempt to influence or bias the direction or outcome of the Center’s investigations. The school does, however, accept donations, which can be directed toward a number of important projects.