Every day in America, 33 people are murdered with guns. Our sons and daughters, friends and neighbors, teachers and law enforcement officers are murdered at a rate 20 times higher than other developed countries. Many of these deaths are preventable – because they were perpetrated by dangerous people who never should have had guns in the first place.
Today, we declare our independence from a broken system of weak laws that perpetuate an epidemic of gun violence.
We support the Second Amendment, and we respect the rights of all law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. But support for the Second Amendment also means keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people. As true patriots, we respect the Constitution while committing ourselves to promoting public safety and protecting Americans from unnecessary violence.
All Americans are entitled to live free from fear of gun violence, and we demand that our country's laws protect the safety and well-being of our communities.
In order to create a more perfect union, we must take steps to pass common-sense public safety measures that will reduce gun crime and save lives.