In 2013, homicide is the #2 cause of death of 15-24 year olds in America. Sign the pledge to join the movement to stop gun violence in your neighborhood.
We're also asking legislators to support responsible gun ownership, including universal background checks on new firearm purchases and funding for youth violence prevention programs.
While 91% of Americans agree that universal background checks are a common sense law for gun ownership, we can't decrease gun violence without confronting the despair and anger that leads young people to pick up the firearm in the first place. That's why I am committed to supporting programs that promote peace and deal with the some of the structural issues that perpetuate a cycle of violence in cities across America.
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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...
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.
This is our chance to stand behind responsible gun ownership and work on innovative solutions to chip away at our culture of violence. More importantly, this is the time to invest in programs that heal people that are affected by gun violence and work to inspire young people to solve problems peacefully.
The League of Young Voters will be submitting this petition to the local congressman of every petition signer. If you believe that the road to peace lies in the power to transform lives proactively, please share this with your friends.