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This poster is an update of a poster we carried over 20 years ago (published by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence). While aspects of reducing gun violence are complex, some of the solutions are quite simple. The United States has an off-the-charts level of gun violence because there are simply too many guns here and it's easy to access them. This is what separates us from other developed countries who experience a tiny fraction of this carnage.

Here are some of the key action steps:
Ban Assault Weapons - These weapons of war were banned from 1994 to 2004 and led to a significant reduction in mass shootings.
UNIVERSAL Background Checks - No exceptions.
Ban Large Capacity Magazines and Bump Stocks - Who needs them?
Implement Red Flag Laws - They save lives, particularly for the over 50% of gun deaths which involve suicide.
Raise the Standards for Gun Ownership - Age 21, Gun Licensing, Training Requirements, Safe Storage, Insurance...
Hold the Gun Industry and Their Lobby (the NRA) Accountable - End immunity and regulate their activities.

Here's some relevant information from other countries.

  • After a 2019 mass shooting in New Zealand, the government amended their gun laws within weeks. There has not been a mass shooting since.
  • A 1996 massacre in Australia resulted in the mandatory buybacks of guns and only one mass shooting has happened since.
  • After a mass shooting in Britain in 1987, the government banned semiautomatic weapons, and after a 1996 shooting they also banned handguns. Britain now has one of the lowest gun-related death rates in the world.

-information courtesy of our friends at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics