In the days and weeks that follow especially horrific gun violence incidents in America, we can rely on the media to tell us that “nothing has happened since Sandy Hook.” The message is clear: we shouldn’t expect this latest incident to change anything.
But this narrative is false, and it’s designed to advance jaded gun lobby talking points. And even though Congress failed to act in the months following the Sandy Hook shooting, we’ve seen enormous progress in the states across the country in the years that followed.
Here are just a few of the things that we’ve accomplished in less than three years since Sandy Hook — and we’re not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Everytown and Moms have built a movement of more than 3 million members with chapters in all 50 states. In 2015 so far, our members have helped drive huge victories in state legislatures around the country:
15 states blocked dangerous guns on campus bills this year — one of the NRA’s top legislative priorities.
In 2015 alone, 6 states passed laws to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers — laws that will protect families and save women’s lives (this brings the total number of states that have passed strong domestic violence laws since Sandy Hook to 12).
15 states stopped permitless carry bills in their tracks in 2015, bringing another one of the NRA’s top legislative priorities to a halt.
Since Sandy Hook, 11 major US businesses have adopted gun sense policies — businesses like Facebook, Chipotle, Starbucks, Target, and more.
6 states have passed laws to close the background check loophole — bringing the total number of states that require background checks for all gun sales to 18. And when background checks were on the ballot in the 2014 election, more than 1.2 million voters in Washington State voted in support, proving that when legislators don’t act, voters will.
The progress we’ve made in the last three years is impossible to ignore, and saying that “nothing happened” after Sandy Hook couldn’t be more false. If anything, it’s proven something our elected officials should have known all along: if they don’t act, we will.