Giffords and Giffords Law Center demand an end to police violence and other forms of systemic racism in America.

As the leaders of a gun violence prevention organization, we work to save lives from gun violence every day. The unjust police shootings of civilians is gun violence, and we cannot fulfill our mission without full acknowledgement of that. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and are committed to fighting police violence and other manifestations of systemic racism that lead to the deaths of so many Black and Brown people. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, George Floyd, Sean Monterrosa, and Tony McDade are just the most recent names in a long history of unjust killings that are the inexcusable consequence of structural racism.

Beyond police shootings, systemic racism impacts firearms violence, and thus our work, in myriad ways. The gun lobby frequently advocates for policies that further entrench and worsen systemic racism. We have researched and advocated against stand your ground laws that allow racist vigilantes to escape accountability. We have developed and are working to more broadly apply an equity approach to implementation of firearms laws. We have also done extensive research and analysis on the need for structural reform to America’s system of policing and called for law enforcement agencies to act immediately to incorporate changes to better protect the sanctity of all human life.

We have often missed the mark and have much work still to do. We stand with Black and Brown communities who are most impacted by this violence. We stand for equity and justice, and we are committed to turning our outrage into action.

POLICE VIOLENCE IS GUN VIOLENCE

We’ve signed on to a letter from the Community Justice Action Fund to demand accountability and stand in support of anti-racist action.

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Today we commit to:

Now is a time for action. We, as the leaders of Giffords and Giffords Law Center, are committed to holding ourselves accountable, supporting Black and Brown advocates leading this work, championing evidence-based approaches, and applying an equity, inclusion, and diversity lens to all of our efforts.

Peter Ambler
Executive Director
Giffords

Robyn Thomas
Executive Director
Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

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IN PURSUIT OF PEACE

Our report, In Pursuit of Peace: Building Police-Community Trust to Break the Cycle of Violence, examines how community trust, policing, and gun violence intersect in 21st century America.

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