Protect Children, Not Guns

April 23, 2013

A child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes. Gun violence saturates our children’s lives. More children and teens die from guns every three days than died in the Newtown massacre. The number of children under 5 killed by guns in 2010 was more than the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty that same year.

Join the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) in their campaign to stand up, speak out, and organize with urgency and persistence until the President, members of Congress, Governors and state legislators protect children instead of guns. Every child’s life is sacred and it is long past time that we pass common sense gun safety regulations to protect all our children.

In the link below, get resources on the issue, guides on how to organize in your community, and take action by signing a petition to protect children, not guns.

Here are some of their core resources:

  • Report: Protect Children, Not Guns 2012
    Protect Children, Not Guns 2012 is a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state data on gun violence in America. This report provides the latest statistics on firearm deaths by race, age and manner; highlights state gun violence trends and efforts to prevent child access to guns; dispels common myths about guns; and explains the significance of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gun ownership.
     
  • Fact sheet: The Truth About Guns (PDF)
    This fact sheet highlights that a gun in the home significantly increases the risk of homicide, suicide, and accidental death. The common refrain from the National Rifle Association is that a gun in the home makes you safer, but the facts contradict that myth. The new fact sheet examines ten of the most common misconceptions about guns.
     
  • Get organized
    The Children’s Defense Fund is partnering with a wide spectrum of faith communities to protect children from gun violence. Join in your community to focus on ending gun violence and keeping children safe in your prayers, service, education programs, and advocacy activities.

     

  • Take Action
    In a petition to President Obama and members of Congress, CDF demands that elected leaders come together and take immediate comprehensive and effective action to end this madness. Even as policymakers address other aspects of this epidemic, including a growing mental health crisis and a popular culture which glorifies and is soaked in gun violence, CDF insists that they enact effective gun safety measures that will save child lives. Sign on >>

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