To increase public awareness of the effects of gun violence on our community and work with citizens, lawmakers and community leaders to build support for stronger gun violence prevention policies.
To use public education forums, participation in community events and social media to increase awareness of the impact of gun violence in our state and our local community.
To engage with local organizations who share an interest in reducing gun deaths and injuries to develop and implement policies and initiatives that provide a greater sense of safety in our neighborhoods.
To empower citizens to be part of the solution in preventing gun violence by offering training in the Request To Speak system, encouraging contact with legislators, developing a Legislators Report Card for voters, collaborating on initiatives within communities that foster safety.
To become an ASK chapter and spread the message of parental involvement to reduce unintentional deaths of, and by, children.
In January, 2013, following the mass murder of 20 first-graders and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a group of outraged citizens came together to form the Tucson Community Against Gun Violence. We played an active role in supporting the Tucson City Council resolution on background checks, rallied in support of the federal background check bill, attended local safety fairs to provide educational materials for the safe handling and storage of guns, coordinated a showing of the film “Living for 32” with a panel discussion attended by 500 people. In 2014, we joined Arizonans for Gun Safety, an older, more established gun violence prevention group in Phoenix. During this time, our focus turned to monthly educational programs and more attention on promoting change through the legislative process. In July, 2015, with a desire to work more directly at the local level, to engage with others on social media, and to capitalize on our experience in activism and information-sharing, we separated from AZGS to create Gun Violence Prevention Arizona (GVPA). Since our inception, we have been – and will continue to be – an all-volunteer grassroots group unified by our commitment to reducing gun violence. We believe in comprehensive background checks as one of many possible means to keep guns out of the hands of people who pose a danger to themselves and others, and will join in efforts at both the state and federal level to effect passage of such a law. We also recognize the need to work directly within our community to support efforts to provide alternatives to violence and create a greater sense of safety in our neighborhoods. The demand for change must come from people willing to make their feelings known to their elected officials. To that end, we will continue to offer training for the Request To Speak system at the Arizona Legislature and inform our supporters when firearms-related bills are being considered.