A POWERFUL FORCE FOR CHANGE
We strive to shift the culture, change policies, and challenge injustice, all with respect for the Second Amendment. Our founders are gun owners, as are many of our members.
From Capitol Hill to city halls, we’re leading a groundswell of opposition to the gun lobby’s deadly agenda. We’ve built statewide bipartisan advisory coalitions, along with growing national alliances of women leaders, military veterans, and law enforcement officers—all of whom are fighting with to make communities safer.
Featured Coalition Members
“The tragedy of preventable gun-related violence is not something I accept for our society. When there are proven things we can do, doing them becomes a moral responsibility to each other.”— General Stanley A. McChrystal
“During my 47-year career in law enforcement, I’ve seen how responsible, trained professionals can use firearms to save innocent lives, and what can happen when guns fall into the hands of dangerous people who want to inflict harm on our communities. I’m proud to join Congresswoman Giffords, Captain Kelly and my fellow law enforcement leaders in this important fight because we need more than just thoughts and prayers to protect our nation’s law enforcement officials and communities. We need common-sense, responsible solutions.”— Charles H. Ramsey
“Together we are demanding change because we know our elected leaders can do more to protect our rights and save lives.”— Sheriff Lupe Valdez
“Each year, approximately 6,000 of our fellow veterans take their own life, and two-thirds of those veterans who choose to end their life do so with a gun. We know that this gun violence crisis has many causes, and therefore, that there is no single solution. But I’m joining this effort because I know that we can do better.”— Brigadier General Stephen Cheney
“As gun owners and ranchers, we’re looking for leaders who will take responsible steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”— Don and Jane Schreiber
“As a proud veteran of our armed forces, I served to uphold our Constitution and the right of law-abiding Americans to own guns. I also know that with the freedom to own a gun comes the responsibility to help keep them out of the wrong hands.”— Commander Carlos Del Toro
“In our great country, gun violence is a disaster that left 33,000 dead last year, and more than 84,000 injured. We need to mount a national response. ”— Admiral Thad Allen
“As a former police chief, and 27-year law enforcement veteran, I have seen the aftermath of gun violence: shattered lives, families, and dreams. It is time for our leaders in Washington to stand up to the gun lobby, stand with law enforcement and pass some responsible solutions that protect the rights of law-abiding Americans and keep guns out of the wrong hands. I want to thank the members of the Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense for their leadership, which will undoubtedly save lives and make our country safer. Working together, we can make a difference.”— Congresswoman Val Demings
“In order to keep guns out of dangerous hands and make our communities safer, law enforcement officials need the best tools and resources that our country has available.”— Louis Dekmar
“We know gun violence is a complex problem, but we also know there are steps we can take right now that will make women and families safer. We must reduce the risk for victims of domestic violence.”— Ruth Glenn
“As a former Deputy Commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, I know that our Sailors had to be well versed in the use of firearms. I saw first hand the incredible power of firearms, and I know the precautions we taught to keep people safe. But I also know the dangers guns pose when they are in the hands of dangerous people. Making our communities safer from gun violence shouldn’t have to be a partisan idea – it’s just a commonsense idea. That’s why so many Americans – including veterans like me – support these policies. We’re standing together and demanding commonsense change because we have a responsibility to leave to our kids and grandkids a country that is safer from gun violence.”— Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett