Health Hub: Gun Violence
It’s time to end gun violence.
We know that this problem can be solved. Gun violence is not a predetermined fact of life that we must be prepared for—it is a consequence of decisions made by our elected leaders.
The problem extends beyond mass shootings. Gun violence affects the lives of our students far too often, inside and outside of schools, especially in communities of color. It is way past time for our leaders to take real action.
Reports and Resources
- Keeping Our Schools Safe: A Plan to Stop Mass Shootings and End Gun Violence in American Schools
- Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
- American Public Health Association: Gun Violence is a Public Health Crisis
- Report from Everytown Research and Policy Report: The Impact of Active Shooter Drills in Schools
- The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
- Anti-Defamation League Report: Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2021
- We Mourn Our Dead In Buffalo And Uvalde; We Organize Against Hate And Gun Violence To Fight For The Living
- Opposition to Active Shooter Drills
- Confronting Racism and in Support Of Black Lives
- AFT Take Action: Stop Gun Violence. Join Us Now!
- Everytown Support Fund - Federal Grant Programs by Community Violence Intervention Program Type
Share My Lesson Resources
- Trauma-Informed Resources for Students and School Staff
- Supporting Safe Schools: Resources for Gun Violence Prevention
- Addressing Gun Violence: Lesson Plans and Resources
Member Voices and Articles
- June 2, 2022 - Weingarten letter sent to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging a vote in favor of the Protecting Our Kids Act, an omnibus bill that would raise the age for buying semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 years old; make it a federal offense to import, sell, make or possess high-capacity magazines, with some exceptions; support the safe storage of firearms; and stiffen penalties for gun trafficking and straw purchases.
- Blog from Newtown, CT survivor Abbey Clements
- Politico: Arming teachers is hard, even in gun-loving Texas
- NYSUT - Buffalo school community mourns beloved educators
- This is our lane by Morteza Rabii
- I know from experience: Arming teachers is ludicrous by Abbey Clements
- School safety and security, for real by Gary Rose
- Educators Say "Enough is Enough" with Gun Violence - AFT members rallied in DC and over 100 cities across the U.S. to call for sensible gun legislation to make schools safe and secure from gun violence.
- Texas Parents Speak in Wake of Uvalde Tragedy - In the shadow of the NRA Annual Meeting in Houston, AFT convened a group of educators and parents to talk about how the Uvalde tragedy has affected them and their children.
- Enough is enough. #EndGunViolence - As our country reels from two mass shootings within the span of 10 days, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and National Education Association (NEA) convenes parents, educators, student survivors, activists and community leaders in Texas to discuss how we keep our children safe, all while the National Rifle Association hosts its 2022 convention set on protecting the profits of the gun industry.
- Gun Violence Prevention Press Conference - AFT President Weingarten joins Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, March for Our Lives Co-Founder David Hogg, faith leaders and allies to demand safe schools.
- Racism is not going to be tolerated: AFT leaders from national, state and local unions visited Buffalo, NY to join with students, faith groups, school administrators and grieving families to call for an end to hatred and violence. They paid respects to slain union and community members and visited a local school to connect with coping teachers and students.
- Students Against Gun Violence Summit Video - A committee of student leaders across the nation committed to reducing gun violence joined AFT members and leaders to produce the Students’ Bill of Rights on school safety. The Students’ Bill of Rights will be used by students across the country as an organizing document for civic engagement activity focused on reducing gun violence that has affected far too many young lives.
- Randi Weingarten at NYC #NationalSchoolWalkout - On April 20, 2018, AFT President Randi Weingarten joined with thousands of students, educators, and many more for the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Watch to hear what she said about the need to #ProtectOurSchools and say #NoMore to gun violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.
- Student Survivors Lead Charge to Change Gun Laws - At an emotional rally in Broward County, students survivors and teachers from Stoneman Douglas High School demand changes in gun laws to protect the next school.
- Student and Teacher Voices from the March for Our Lives: AFT headquarters became a hub that hosted students and teachers from New York, Baltimore, New Jersey and Florida for the #MarchForOurLives rally. Hear what some of these activists had to say.
Active Shooter Resources