The new year is well underway, and here at Gun by Gun, 2016 is off to a great start!
We had a remarkable close to 2015, ending the year with a gun buyback in San Francisco that eliminated 247 dangerous guns - a success thanks to the great collaboration of the Gun by Gun community - many of you, who volunteered and supported the effort with all of our great partners in San Francisco. Check out some of our behind-the-scenes photos here.
January kicked off with President Obama announcing a plan to take executive action on gun violence. We are encouraged by this movement, as even modest steps toward safer communities are steps worth taking. More importantly, perhaps, we are seeing a wind of change in public support for action on reducing gun violence. Polls show that Americans overwhelmingly support the President’s new policies.
Earlier this month, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee invited us to speak at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. on a panel about how technology and innovation is being used to address gun violence. It was a great opportunity to explain how Gun by Gun can help cities of all types and sizes to engage their communities and reduce gun violence. And it's no surprise that mayors favor action on gun violence, because when Congress fails to take action, it's America's cities that end up bearing the brunt of the problem.
We look forward to building on this positive momentum as 2016 progresses. This year, we’ll continue to expand across the U.S., and will ask for your support in the coming months as we do. In the meantime, stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter!
As always, you have our sincere thanks for helping us grow this community. We know that real change happens when good people are empowered to take action, and encourage others to do the same.