Building Momentum: Our Commitment to End Gun Violence

December 13, 2023

Last week proved once again why our commitment to ending gun violence is so critical: A gunman murdered six people and injured three in a string of horrific Central Texas shootings, while an individual with a dangerous history was seen pacing outside of Austin schools armed with a rifle. 

In the latter situation, we were able to work with local officials to stop this man from continuing to terrorize teachers, parents and students, but we know that this incident is a stark reminder that open carry forces the public to grapple with the distress and uncertainty of an armed individual’s intentions. Our public places — and especially our most sensitive spaces — should be safe from fear and harm. 

We fought against open carry legislation in 2015, and we will continue to fight for safer gun laws in 2024 and beyond. 

National Partnerships

Last week, our Executive Director participated in the Center for American Progress’ National Gun Violence Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C. with leaders, survivors, and advocates in the gun violence prevention movement, including the Deputy Directors of the White House’s new Office of Gun Violence Prevention. Together, we reflected on successes and challenges and strategized for the work ahead. We remain committed to partnering across communities until every Texan is safe from the threat of gun violence. 

NAMI Texas Survey

The intersection of mental health and gun violence is significant, and we are committed to bolstering initiatives for suicide prevention. Our partners at the NAMI Texas Public Policy Team are in the process of identifying what policy priorities they will be focusing on during the legislative interim and 89th legislative session. 

If you are able to, please fill out this information gathering survey. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Lyssette Galvan, Public Policy Director:

Partner Spotlight: Youth Gun Violence Awareness

One of our most dedicated volunteers has recently formed the organization Youth GVA, a platform that allows youth to learn how they can make an impact on gun violence. This platform serves as a space for expression and to highlight pieces of art that encompass the youth opinion of firearm violence in Texas. Visit their website to submit artwork, view resources, and get involved.

Friends of the Forest Foundation Thank You

We could not have had success this year without the generous support of our sponsors and donors. We are so grateful to the Friends of the Forest Foundation for being a supporter of Texas Gun Sense!

 Please consider supporting our Texas-based work to end gun violence. We work tirelessly to demand common sense laws, and we cannot do this without donors like you. Thank you!

VOLUNTEER WITH US – Our volunteer opportunities change throughout the year, but there are many ways you can support Texas Gun Sense and facilitate the change you want to see in your community. We also have upcoming opportunities specifically designed for students!

You can sign up for our volunteer email list, and one of us will get back to you.