How You Can Take Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Light of the Deadly Lewiston Shooting

The shooting rampage in Lewiston, ME, was around the 565th mass shooting this year. Already, 2023 is on track for the most mass shootings since 2014. But we don’t have to live this way.

In honor of all the lives impacted by gun violence, please join us in taking action now.

On October 25, 2023, a gunman reportedly used an assault weapon to kill 18 people and injure 13 others in Lewiston, ME, in what was the 565th mass shooting of the year. The mass shooting in Lewiston — which is the deadliest of 2023 and the largest since the 2018 Parkland shooting — comes just weeks after five people, including four Morgan State University students, were shot and injured at the historically Black university.

These shootings, once again, have shown us that our nation's gun laws are broken and that Congress must act. Deadly assault weapons and high-capacity magazines must be banned; Brady Background Checks have to be expanded to cover all gun sales; and life-saving extreme risk protection orders need to be implemented nationwide.

Despite the NRA and its allies claiming “more guns make us safer,” we know that’s a flat-out lie. These senseless tragedies are preventable, and we must take action and pass life-saving gun reform measures. Our collective power can make a difference and save lives. Are you with us?

Here are six ways you can take action now to prevent gun violence.

1) Urge the U.S. Senate to ban assault weapons and large-capacity magazines

Some of the deadliest mass shootings in America all have one thing in common: The shooter used an AR-15-style weapon. We must ban these weapons of war to protect our communities.

2) Donate to bolster our work to prevent gun violence

Our work is powered by grassroots donations from people like you.

3) Help Expand Brady Background Checks!

President Biden issued a rule that, if put into effect, would be the broadest expansion of firearm background checks in decades. The rule aims to clarify the definition of what it means to be “engaged in the business” of selling firearms. Please add your name to our letter to the DOJ and show your support for this life-saving rule today!

4) Ask your friends and family: Do you lock up your guns?

This simple question can save lives, especially as we prepare to celebrate the holidays with children, family, and friends. Learn more about how you can ensure guns are stored safely to prevent tragedies.

5) Urge Congress to Support Extreme Risk Protection Orders!

Extreme risk laws give family members, law enforcement (in certain states), and health professionals or school administrators an avenue to prevent a person in crisis from harming themselves or others by temporarily removing guns and preventing the purchase of others.

6) Join the grassroots movement!

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