The Story Behind the "No Guns Allowed" Movement
The League of Young Voters Education Fund (http://youngvoter.org) has launched a grassroots non-violence campaign inspired by entertainment icon, Snoop Lion aka Snoop Dogg's song "No Guns Allowed" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqo9gPxT6A8) ft. Drake and his daughter Cori B. As the country faces the reality that a child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes, the primary goal of the campaign is to decrease violence by advocating for youth violence prevention programs and background checks on firearm purchases.
During a recent appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, Snoop explained how a rash of tragic school shootings motivated him to write "No Guns Allowed."
"I wanted to make some music to try to help the next person who was thinking about loading a gun, going to a school and shooting. Maybe it would help him put that gun down and think about what he was doing before they [acted]," Snoop told Morgan.
In an open letter to Snoop (http://youngvoter.org/front-page/an-open-letter-to-snoop-lion-on-nogunsallowed), which garnered national media attention from leading outlets, such as Politico and BET, Rob "Biko" Baker, Executive Director of the League of Young Voters Education Fund said "I am so inspired that you are using your platform to speak up about the nation's violence issue. I want you to know that the League of Young Voters Education Fund is committed to spreading your anti-violence message to prevent future tragedies."
The buzz surrounding the open letter caught Snoop's attention and prompted him to responded publicly via his Twitter account, which quickly led to a meeting between the superstar and leaders from the League. Snoop is now publically aligning himself with the League of Young Voters Education Fund and their "No Guns Allowed" initiative. Check out what Snoop Lion tweeted to @TheLeague99 (https://twitter.com/SnoopDogg/status/321434669952417792).
"'No Guns Allowed' is a really important song to me," Snoop Lion said. "I'm humbled that an organization like the League of Young Voters Education Fund supports what I'm saying in it and is taking action. Especially since they have been doing work for a long time to spread an anti-violence message in our communities."
As part of a widespread social media push launching today, League of Young Voters Education Fund is also asking people across the country to submit personal stories and photos via Tumblr (http://nogunsallowedmovement.tumblr.com/submit) and share messages using the hashtag #NoGunsAllowed on Twitter and Instagram, expressing how they've been affected by gun violence. "No Guns Allowed" themed events, including interactive live streams, and a round-table discussion with celebrities, community activists and political figures, will also take place. The League has been producing non-violence events, such as their Put the Guns Down rallies, for more than 10 years.
"The League is excited and honored by Snoop's support for our 'No Guns Allowed' campaign," Baker said. "We're looking forward to collaborating with him in the near future to reach even more people and bring some much-needed attention to the work we've been doing for some time to make urban communities safer."
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A child or teen is shot with a firearm every 30 minutes in America. From the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut to the senseless killings in Chicago, our culture of violence is destroying young lives nationwide. In 2013, Congress has the opportunity to close loopholes and enact universal criminal and mental health background checks on all new gun purchases, which nearly 91% of Americans support. …
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