What is Stop School Shootings NOW?
Stop School Shootings NOW is a grass-roots group of kids and adults working to change gun laws so that kids and teachers are safe from gun violence at school. Our first big action was on March 14, 2018, when we helped organize the first ever National School Walkout. Over a million kids across the country from over 3 thousand schools participated. Then we went on to “March for Our Lives” in rallies and marches across the country on March 24, 2018. We have continued to stay active in our schools and communities and now feel it’s time to take the next step…. shutting the whole country down on May 21, 2019. Deaths and injuries due to gun violence are worse than ever. Very little meaningful legislation has been passed since the shootings in Parkland, Florida over a year ago. It’s time to shut the country down and demand with one unified voice that our Congress MUST act to make America safe again. We can’t wait any longer.
What are you organizing?
We are organizing the first ever nationwide shutdown to end gun violence. On May 21, 2019 we want Americans to stay home! Don’t send your kids to school. Don’t go to work. Wear red and turn out at a rally at your state capitol, city hall or school at noon local time. If a majority of us stay home, and we can get corporations and business involved, we can show our leaders that they can no longer wait to pass strong gun laws that will save laws.
We want Congress to pass 3 key pieces of legislation:
*Universal Background Checks
*A Ban on Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines
*A National Gun Buyback Program
To see more info about the legislation we support, click here.
Who can participate?
Participation in the national shutdown is open to anyone affected by gun violence, who doesn’t feel safe in America and who wants to see immediate change.
At 12pm local time, we’re asking everyone to join us at rallies at state capitols, city halls or schools. Sign up to host a rally in your city or attend one here.
Why are we doing this?
We cannot tolerate the status quo any longer. Our leaders need to see that a majority of Americans want stronger gun laws in place.
What better way than the first ever National Shutdown to End Gun Violence on May 21, 2019.
Kids do not feel safe in our schools. Parents don’t feel safe sending their kids to our schools. None of us (even gun-owners) feel safe in public places any more. It doesn’t have to be this way. If we unite together, with one strong voice, we can force our Congress and President to act.
Who is involved in the National Stop School Shootings NOW group?
Kids, women and men from communities across the United States who want an end to the epidemic of gun violence in our schools are involved in Stop School Shootings NOW. It started with a mom and her middle-schooler in Georgia immediately after the news of the shooting in Parkland, FL broke. They invited friends, colleagues and neighbors to take action to make sure there will never be another shooting in a school. What started with 20 people in a living room and on the phone grew quickly and it was clear that the kids were leading the way. Within hours, they joined forces with other groups to help support and promote a National School Walkout and rallies at government buildings from coast to coast on March 14th. Everyone involved is a volunteer.
What do we want?
We want to stop the carnage.
We want our elected officials to stand up to special interest groups that care more about money and power than the lives of innocent children and adults.
We want to work with gun owners and non-gun owners to find solutions.
We demand that Congress pass the following common-sense legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets, and in our homes and places of worship:
- Reinstate and strengthen the Federal Ban on Assault Weapons
- Ban high capacity magazines and bump stocks
- Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21
- Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms
- Require universal background checks for all gun sales that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law
- Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks
- Pass federal gun violence restraining order law
- Fund and publish government research on gun violence
- Promote safe and secure storage
- Require licensing and insurance for all gun owners
Examples of common-sense legislation that have already bee proposed include:
- Banning Assault Weapons & High Capacity Magazines (S. 2095)
- Expanding Background Checks to All Gun Sales (S 2009)
- Passing Gun Violence Restraining Order Law ( H.R. 2598 / S 1212)
To read more about our goals, click here.
How can I plan a rally?
Sign up online to host or attend a rally on May 21st at 12p local time.
What should I say/write if someone disagrees with what I want or what I’m doing?
Not everyone will agree with our strategy or objectives, and that’s fine. We realize it’s not the only strategy. We are committed to taking action with the goal of making positive change. We encourage you to have respectful conversations about the importance of stronger gun violence prevention laws and how to get these laws passed, but if it turns into a name-calling rant, you can simply stop being part of the conversation. You do not have to participate in arguments or tolerate being insulted, and no one can force you. Keep in mind that there are lots of places in real life and in social media where people can go to debate issues. The purpose of our group and the social media platforms we manage are to:
- Support kids as they advocate for safe schools.
- Share information and updates about the walkouts and demonstrations.
- Advocate for stronger laws around background checks, sale, ownership, and storage of firearms and accessories.
How can I stay involved after May 21st?
- Write or call your local, state and federal elected officials.
- Register and vote in midterm and general elections.
- Run for office, any office.
- Learn all you can about pending and proposed gun laws.
- Listen to and talk respectfully with people of different perspectives to see if you can learn from each other and find some common ground.
- Make sure your voice is heard.
It will take sustained action to accomplish gun law reform!