Take Action Against Gun Violence

Progress updates

     September 6 2019

Walmart ends all handgun ammunition sales and asks customers not to carry guns into stores

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/03/business/walmart-ends-handgun-ammo-sales/index.html


Mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, Virginia Beach, Parkland, Thousand Oaks, Las Vegas, and Orlando are only some of the most recent high profile gun violence tragedies in the USA.

In light of continuing gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S., we call on gun manufacturers and retailers, as well as companies with financial ties to these industries, to take meaningful action on this public safety concern.

In 2018 alone, there were 340 mass shootings across the USA. [1] On an average day, over 100 Americans are killed by guns, including eight children and teens. [2] [3] Meanwhile, the racial justice implications of gun violence are especially pronounced as black Americans are 10 times more likely than white Americans to be shot and killed with guns. [4]

While gun control legislation and enforcement is needed to help halt the wave of 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. 

Gun Manufacturers can stop producing military style semi-automatic assault weapons and associated components, including high capacity magazines, for civilian use.

Gun Retailers can stop firearms sales, particularly military style semi-automatic assault weapons and sales to purchasers under the age of 21.

Financial Institutions can stop doing business with gun manufacturers and retailers involved in the sale of military style semi-automatic assault weapons for civilian use, and can flag excessive gun purchases.

All Companies can cut ties with the NRA and prohibit open carry of weapons in their places of business.

[1] https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

[3] https://everytownresearch.org/impact-gun-violence-american-children-teens/

[4] https://everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-america/