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8 Actions You Can Take to Stop Gun Violence in the Wake of Orlando

In the wake of the the worst mass shooting in U.S. history—at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016—the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has been receiving a constant stream of phone calls and emails from supporters asking what they can do to make positive change after this unthinkable tragedy. Eighty-eight Americans—including eight children and teens—are killed every day by gun violence. Please act now and help us change the culture and policy surrounding guns in this country so we can save lives. Without further ado, here are 8 actions you can take to stop gun violence.

Lori at NRA HQ Rally 6-14-16

CSGV Virginia State Director Lori Haas speaks at a protest outside the NRA HQ on June 24, 2016; two days after the mass shooting in Orlando.

1) Join CSGV on Email and Social Media. Get news, action alerts, campaign petitions, and the tools you need to advocate for sensible, evidence-based policies that will save American lives. To stay informed, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up for our email list at

2) Get Educated About the Issue. Learn about the unique problem of gun violence in America and share those facts with your friends, family, and social media networks. Our sister organization, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, has excellent resources and reports about relevant policy and research on this issue. Also, websites like The Trace and Vox are helping to pull back the curtain on the complicated and systematic loopholes that allow dangerous individuals unimpeded access to guns. Finally, this video is a great starting place for those just coming to the issue.

3) Become a Single-Issue Voter. Become a single-issue voter by pledging to only support and vote for candidates who support stronger gun laws. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Our country is at an unprecedented tipping point right now. From our dining room tables to water coolers to our presidential elections, the gun debate has gone from an issue folks have been ambivalently resolved not to discuss, to one a majority of us refuse to ignore. It is high time we send that message to our legislators. If we can’t get our legislators to change our lax gun laws, then we need to change our legislators, and let them know why.

4) Contact your Legislators. Often times we can get intimidated by the political process, but remember that Members of Congress work for you. They record every correspondence that they receive from constituents and your voice has a bigger impact than you realize. Demand action on gun violence prevention policies. Let your legislators know about your commitment to becoming a single-issue voter on gun violence prevention. Make them understand that you are watching their votes on the gun issue and making your own voting/giving decisions accordingly. Set a reminder in your calendar to call your Senators and Representatives once a week. Here is a wonderful guide that will assist you with your first correspondence.

5) Volunteer with a Local GVP Group. Attend local protests, vigils, and action days to stop gun violence in your community. An undeniable majority of Americans support gun violence prevention policies, but for a long time a loud minority has drowned out the majority’s support for common sense laws. It is time for us to lift our voices and get active. To get connected to a local gun violence prevention group in your state/locality, email us at and tell us where you live.

6) Attend Legislative Hearings and Testify. In order to close the “Passion Gap” with pro-gun activists, we need people who are willing to attend legislative hearings and testify in favor of stronger gun laws, at the local and state level. When you go to testify, wear clothing and/or apparel that identifies you as a gun violence prevention supporter (i.e., t-shirts, buttons, stickers, etc.). It is important that our legislators look into the eyes of constituents as they vote on these issues because, at the end of the day, the cost of inaction is 88 Americans killed daily by gun violence. You can find out what legislation is being considered at any given time by connecting to a state organization (see #5 above).

7) Participate in National Days to Stop Gun Violence. Join national days of action like National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2nd or the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Concert Across America is a day where we will see everything from massive concerts at big arenas to church bands and choirs to people who will simply record themselves playing messages of peace from their living rooms. Social media will spread these messages across the country. Take part in these events if you can!

8) Make a Contribution to Gun Violence Prevention. As a small non-profit organization, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence survives on donations from individuals who join us in making communities safer. Please consider donating to CSGV if you have not yet already done so by visiting Or visit our 501(c)(3) sister organization at to make a tax-deductible gift. Remember that every dollar counts, no matter the size! We are up against a gun lobby that is being funded directly by gun manufacturers and distributors. With your support, we can meet them on a level playing field, and save lives.

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The Discussion

  • Marcy Rose: July 1, 2016 7:22 pm

    A lot of good ideas here. I especially agree with Sharon Conroy’s comment of June 18, suggesting that it’s time to go “old school” and march on Washington. A huge physical presence would give Congress a clear visual image of just how fed up people are getting about the lack of gun control. I also think that Donel Davis and Bill Stewart make great points about picketing gun shows and stores that sell assault rifles. Hit ‘Em in the pocketbook.

  • Chandra Nigam: June 29, 2016 7:19 pm

    Why don’t we put out advertisements and talking points in all different media and this years platform saying
    1. 2 Amendment says “A well regulated Militia_____”
    2. In 1790 when the 2 amendment was written guns were bolt action and could not fire multiple rounds at one time and the framers of the constitution had not envisioned such high capacity guns.
    3. Today to drive any Vehicle (which can be used to hurt others) we need
    a. Training
    b. Testing
    c. Licence
    d. Insurance
    e. Renewal of license periodically
    4. Then for Guns Why Not?
    5. For Hunting and self defense do we need self loading, semi-automatic, automatic or assault rifles NO we need simple guns to improve our skills and simple guns to defend ourselves.
    6. We should not be using army style weapons those are meant to kill the ENEMY.
    7. When we buy a gun what is the rush to have it the same day or in 3 days with a back ground check.
    8. Have a training period
    10. Do not mix the issue of Gun Violence with religion or terrorist persuasions. Deranged persons are as bad as radicals and they do not know better.
    11. The 535 legislators in the US congress sure no better than what they profess.

  • Daniel Curry: June 26, 2016 7:01 pm

    Tired of lives ruined and taken away due to senseless gun violence from history to present.John Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, Robert Kennedy, Marvin Gaye, Selena, Tupac Shakur, Christopher Wallace, Trayvon Martin, Christina Grimmie and Alejandro Fuentes some well known people that died senseless from gun violence and many others.

  • Bill Stewart: June 21, 2016 8:58 pm

    I think you guys are going about it the wrong way! All your efforts seem to be directed at getting congress to change the gun laws. With the NRA seemingly controlling the Republican Party (which has the majority), that’s not going to happen.

    How about doing this? Start a national campaign to boycott all stores (Walmart, Kmart, etc.) that sell assault rifles. Boycott the entire stores and all the products that they sell, and let them know that the reason they are losing money is because they are selling a product (assault rifles) that the majority of Americans want removed from their shelves. Have picket lines with signs outside these national chain stores. The last thing they need is bad publicity. That hits them where it counts the most…their pocketbooks. The same thing was done regarding pornographic magazines (Penthouse, Playboy, Hustler, etc.) With the public demanding it from the stores, many of the stores stopped stocking the porno magazines.

    People carrying anti-gun signs outside the capital has no effect. It’s old news. However, as an example, if you have people picketing all Walmart Stores, that would make the news, and make Walmart think twice about stocking the assault rifles. Expose all the stores that sell these assault rifles. The stores don’t have to wait for congress to tell them not to sell those weapons. Their management can decide. And I bet if the picketing was consistent and went on for a few months, those stores would see their profits drop, and most likely rethink how necessary it is to stock those evil weapons.

    And while you are at it, expose all the politicians who continually vote down any proposed sensible gun law regulation. That way, the people can vote those NRA suck-ups out of office the next election.

    I believe in the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms to protect oneself. But the general public does not need these military-grade assault rifles. Get rid of the assault rifles first. Maybe then, politicians will get on board and fight back against the NRA.


    Bill Stewart

  • Donel Davis: June 21, 2016 1:16 pm

    Your steps are fine BUT: We need to do what works, and what works: historically, is to take it to the source. NOT the politicians; they are; pretty much paid to ignore us. Do as the Civil Rights advocates did. Sit in the diner that refused them service. THAT IS: PROTEST AT NRA HEADQUARTERS! Bring the battle home to them. PROTEST AT GUN SHOWS! Make them cross lines of protesters with signs showing the victims of WEAPONS OF WAR SOLD IN AMERICA! BOYCOT AND PROTEST GUN STORES THAT SELL WEAPONS OF WAR! PROTEST AND BOYCOT WALMART and any other Companies that SELL WEAPONS OF WAR!
    Make America LOOK at the people that are blocking OUR RIGHT TO LIVE FREE OF FEAR FROM THESE TYPE OF WEAPONS! Protest at their homes, offices, and busines locations.
    Do this and you will win.. You will send a wave through Congress that will do what Civil Rights Protests did.

  • val vas: June 20, 2016 11:16 pm

    Can you please post or point to a site listing local anti gun groups that may lead to initiatives to bring to ballots? Need to post this on fb , also the way to contact local state legislators

  • CHARLES KOCH: June 20, 2016 6:18 pm

    I do not encourage government control,
    but there needs to be a psychological exam for gun ownership.
    You need to pass the exam, not just take it.

  • Scott S: June 20, 2016 7:59 am

    I am registered republican, a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and a parent. I support common sense gun violence reform and I know we can do it while safeguarding THE BILL OF RIGHTS.
    I will only support political parties that will take on the gun lobby. I did not vote for Obama but I will support Clinton as the GOP does not have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby.

  • andre: June 19, 2016 1:50 pm

    America – time to make the ploughshares and the pruning hooks is long past. It was in the days of the flintlock that your ‘right to bear arms’ was made legislation do you really think your founding fathers would have wanted to have a population armed with machine guns, automatic rifles, and the incredible number of hand guns and ammunition that you see as essential to your way of life? It isn’t a way of life it is a way of death.

  • Michael Smiley: June 19, 2016 12:42 pm

    I authored this petition shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting and have sent it out to a couple of organizations and have had some discussions regarding its use.

    My personally feeling are that it would only take a few politicians who hold office or running for office to sign this petition and get it into the public debate. This petition is the same format that Grover Norquist used so successfully with his no tax pledge.

    Please feel free to use it. It can be an effective tool in moving gun safety legislation forward.

    Here is the petition…

    The Sandy Hook Pledge

    As an elected official and in the interest of the American people:
    I_______________________ Pledge to the voters of my District and the State of____________________ and to the American people that I will:

    One: Never under any circumstance will accept, either directly or indirectly, campaign contributions from any group that lobbies against sensible gun regulations.

    Two: I will always put the interest of public safety first above all other considerations when considering sensible gun regulations.


  • Christopher bochniak: June 18, 2016 11:44 pm

    It is time America that we all go after NRA and GOP Senate stopping passage of a bill to expand background checks, the GOP Senate still continue do noting , It is time for tougher gun laws now Senators .. you have blood on your hands of all victims of gun violence.

  • Marilyn Coleman: June 18, 2016 11:17 pm

    I do not see the need to have assault weapons in the hands of regular citizens. Keep your guns, IF you Must, but give up the assault weapons! What good does an AK 47 do when you are hunting??? The animal would be obliterated! Let it GO, people! How many people have to die before the NRA and the 2nd Amendment people GET it?!?! NO ASSAULT WEAPONS!!!!

  • sharon conroy: June 18, 2016 12:03 pm

    I just made a contribution to your organization. I like what Lori said in Dupont Circle.

    I lived in D.C, during the late 60’s and marched several times to end the war in Vietnam. I know that a large march on Washington can make a difference.

    It’s time to hit the streets regarding gun violence and let others see our strength. Petitions online are one thing, but at 70, I believe people marching in the street will have more effect.

    Didn’t it come out in papers released several years ago that President Johnson would have used a nuclear weapon in Vietnam if he hadn’t feared that the people would storm the White House? In these times, the people would storm the Capitol, but let’s start with a march through the streets, perhaps in September.

    As Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King’s teacher, said-“Fearlessness is the first requirement of spirituality. Cowards can never be moral.” Let’s have the courage to march through Washington and change the wreckless course our country has been allowed to follow.



  • Dr. E Sora: June 18, 2016 11:36 am

    It is insane! The gravitat that the NRA has over these champs that we elect to represent us in Congress. To fix this problem we should do the following:

    Make it illegal (a felony) the attempt to influence a vote in the Legislature by either accepting or offering a gift of something of any value in return for the Senator or House of Representative’s vote in the Legislature. Making such acts, both offering and accepting, a felony, would work wonders to eliminate the
    incentives behind peddling votes. The only influences still permitted would be those that directly benefit the People that the elected officials owe a fiduciary duty to act.

  • Andrew Romero: June 15, 2016 7:48 pm

    Please keep me informed on what I can do to make gun control a reality.

  • Miriam Helbok: June 15, 2016 11:23 am

    The first of the following posts examines the Second Amendment grammatically and shows why the second clause is dependent on the first clause. The second post explains precisely why the clause about the militia was added: specifically, to maintain slavery. These arguments seem to me to be compelling. Is there any way to convince those who think the Second Amendment can be interpreted far more broadly that it should not be so interpreted? I’m thinking in particular of members of the Supreme Court and members of Congress. (My congressman, Eliot Engel, NEVER responds to my emails or letters.) I realize that no one has succeeded in doing so to date, but the climate of opinion has changed dramatically since Orlando.
    Thank you. Miriam Helbok, Bronx, NY

  • J. P. DeMeritt: June 15, 2016 10:28 am

    Gun violence is certainly a complex issue, and we need to recognize that it will require nuanced solutions. But we need to start by taking a page from the firefighter’s playbook and remember first things first: when approaching a fire, do not spray gasoline on it! Adding more guns to an already volatile mix of social situations of unknown stability is no different than adding fuel to a fire. More guns in our society and unlimited access to guns are the wrong answers!

    We need to find the effective, nuanced solutions that will allow us to deescalate the levels of violence and the perceptions of threat that encourage people to invest in guns. We need to find the combination of legal and social actions that build confidence in civil society and trust in law enforcement as the solution to protecting people, rather than relying on individuals taking matters into their own hands. And we need to do the social science research that will ultimately reveal both the true costs of unfettered firearm access and the tools needed to reduce the risks of our modern society.

  • Lynn Wood: June 15, 2016 9:51 am

    8. If you can’t pass an outright legislative ban on the sale of assault weapons, then attach an enormous tax to any sale of an assault weapon. Enormous, as in $2500 tax per assault weapon. If cities can tax sugary drinks in an effort to reduce their consumption, then they can attach an enormous tax on the sale of weapons to reduce their sale.

  • Lynn Wood: June 15, 2016 9:19 am

    7. The LGBT community is well organized, connected and motivated. Partner with them for permanent legislative solutions.

  • Lynn Wood: June 15, 2016 8:47 am

    1. You need more money. How did the Bern raise so much money in small amounts? Copy him for raising money for gun control. Have a picture of every victim of the Orlando shooting on your website and let people donate in memory of a single individual (or more than one). They can post on their FB site that they donated in memory of (for example) Luis or Mercedes. Or have them post their donation with #ENOUGH.
    2. Quit dissing on the NRA on your website. Anyone who visits here already disdains them. It brings you down to their level. I am a gun owner (no assault style weapons, just hunting guns). Reach out with a campaign: Gun Owners for a Ban on Assault Weapons. Gun Owners for Sane Gun Laws. Gun Owners Against Assault Weapons, etc.
    3. Have a how-to section with print-outs and info for making our own buttons all with a line through the assault weapon: I am a Single Issue Voter Now. #Single Issue Voter. #Enough. #WhoseChildIsNext?. #GunOwnerForSaneGunControl.
    4. Add #ENOUGH to your name and use that instead of Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Too long. Too hard to remember. Start using #ENOUGH. And ask everyone to retweet, repost, etc. Make it your catch-phrase.
    5. Find some celebrities who will wear your #ENOUGHor #SINGLEISSUE button everywhere. Something needs to “catch fire” the way that the ALS campaign did. Before it fades into the general news in a week or two.

  • Mark: June 15, 2016 5:19 am

    First I don’t understand why there is a box that asks what website,? Why can’t they tell which website your commenting on,?
    Anyway background checks wouldn’t of helped in anyway he didn’t have a record…also unless u run around and pry our guns out of our dead fingers I just don’t see anyway of preventing people from owning guns until people aren’t allowed to own any guns shootings will continue to kill and hurt each other ..

  • Daniel Quin: June 14, 2016 10:23 pm

    A probably naive comment from Australia….

    Is there a campaign that displays photos of the gunmen in the mass shootings? I have two points about this: 1) It seems we don’t wish to acknowledge these people and so don’t use their names, photos. 2) The media likes to portray these gunmen as subhuman or overtly Muslim.

    By displaying the photos of the gunmen it should be apparent (I hope) that they are mostly men that we encounter everyday. I would hope this, in a small way, breaks down the idea that we need to control “bad” people not guns.

    All the best.

  • Cindy Morse: June 14, 2016 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the article we must stop this insanity!!!

  • Margaret Desmond: June 14, 2016 9:46 pm

    1) We need an immediate ban on all sales of all assault weapons to civilians nationwide

    2) Gun dealers should be required to release total documentation on all their sales of assault weapons for the past three years to their local PDs. with identical copies to be furnished to Homeland Security and the FBI.

    3) Gun manufacturers should be required to release complete information on their sales of all assault weapons for the past three years.

    4) A designated person to oversee each locality should be appointed under the supervision of the local Attorney General

    5)Schoolchildren, and their parents, should be provided with full information as to how they can register their request for the reinstatement of the ban of sales of assault weapons, and all such communication should be directed to ONE central address

  • Cristal Calderon: June 14, 2016 8:01 pm

    Doing things is better than not doing things

  • Maria Cholko: June 14, 2016 5:50 pm

    We need a national protest/vigil. Perhaps one where we sit outside of Congress and do nothing – just like they are doing inside!

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