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Our country has suffered too many tragedies at the hands of dangerous people who use guns to commit terrible acts of violence. On average, more than 30,000 Americans die each year in gun-related deaths. Though many gun owners use their guns legally and responsibly, we have to do better to protect our children and communities, and prevent tragedies like those in Newtown, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, and Charleston. Here’s the truth: Nine out of 10 Americans support expanding background checks. It’s the right and common-sense thing to do. But Congress has repeatedly and shamefully failed to stand up to special interests who want to maintain the dangerous status quo—and that’s why we’re taking the fight against gun violence to the state and local level, where Americans can raise their voices in their own communities.

Take a stand against gun violence

Our solution to this epidemic cannot be to do nothing. Even if we can’t prevent every tragedy, we have to do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands. But right now, congressional leaders are working to loosen gun laws by deregulating firearm silencers, which would make it easier to commit crimes and harder for innocent people or police officers to hear where gunfire is coming from. They are also trying to allow people who have never passed a background check or fired a gun to carry concealed weapons in any state—a dangerous weakening of existing laws.

Despite these attempts to weaken gun laws, we’ve seen bipartisan support for common-sense measures to expand background checks and better protect our communities and families. But Congress hasn’t passed any legislation. Since leaders in Washington won’t take action, volunteers are organizing at the state level to make change happen.

There is more we can do to prevent gun violence—and we’re going to keep doing our part.