About Us

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We’re on a mission to save lives from gun violence.

Nearly 40,000 people died from gun violence in 2017, the highest level in 40 years. This uniquely American crisis leaves no community untouched—but it doesn’t have to be this way. From passing federal legislation to require background checks for all gun sales to funding federal research to better understand the gun violence crisis, there are steps we can and should take to make our country safer.

Founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and NASA Astronaut and Navy Captain Mark Kelly, Giffords works to tackle America’s gun violence crisis. A safer America is possible—one where our children can grow up without fear of gun violence—and that is why we’re in this fight. At Giffords, we work to:

Shift Culture

We work to foster a culture where Americans are informed about what makes them safer and inspired to fight for a safer future.

Change Policy

We research, write, and propose policies that make Americans safer and mobilize voters, advocates, and lawmakers in support of safer gun laws.

Challenge Injustice

We hold the gun lobby and any special interests who seek to profit at the expense of public safety accountable.

Here’s how we do it.

Our organization Giffords encompasses three core entities—each with a distinct function, all working together to fight gun violence: