Investors Act to Curb Gun Violence

By Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

In light of continuing gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S., ICCR's members are calling on gun manufacturers, retailers and distributors, as well as companies with financial ties to these industries, to take meaningful action on this public safety concern.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 33,000 people die each year in firearm-related deaths in the U.S.  On an average day, 96 Americans are killed by guns, including seven children and teens. Meanwhile, the racial justice implications of gun violence are especially pronounced as black men are 13 times more likely than white men to be shot and killed with guns.

While we believe that sensible gun control legislation and enforcement is needed to help halt the wave of senseless gun tragedies, progress has been stalled at the federal level. Corporations, therefore, have an important role to play both to ensure that they are not indirectly complicit in these lethal events, and in advancing the solutions that may help prevent them.  

As a first step, we have identified a few immediate measures companies can adopt, many of them taken/adapted from the Sandy Hook Principles, designed to reduce the risk of gun violence.