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We’re young activists committed to ending gun violence in our communities.

Who We Are

We can end gun violence

Firearms are the the second leading cause of death for young people. And 100 Americans die by gun violence every day — hundreds more are wounded.

We’ve grown up in the midst of the gun violence crisis and are demanding action. That’s why we’re rising up and organizing in our schools, universities, community centers, and more across the country to call on our leaders to pass laws which will keep our communities safe.

Become a leader in your community by starting a Students Demand Action group!

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Bring Students Demand Action to your community!

Students Demand Action is working with gun violence prevention leaders like you to bring the power of advocacy, research, and grassroots organizing to communities across the country. When you create a group, our team of expert organizers, researchers, legal experts and policy wonks will work to support you in engaging your community around enacting policies to keep people safe from gun violence.

Are you ready to join student leaders across the country who are taking on the gun lobby and fighting to make their schools and communities safer?

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • A Student Group Leader (that’s you!)
  • A Students Demand Action Group Advisor** (typically a teacher, parent or community leader)
  • A Location (Students Demand Action Groups can be hosted in schools, colleges, universities, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, or nonprofits)

** If you want to start a group but are having trouble finding an advisor, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we can help you identify someone.

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“Our Students Demand Action leaders are changing the conversations around gun violence in their communities and beyond. In their own words:

“One of the most impactful things my group, the Miami chapter, has done is the Life Over Bullets Benefit Concert. This concert was meant to raise awareness on the gun violence that happens in the community everyday. It was incredible to see the theater filled with so much love, strength, inspiration, and hope. After that event, I knew that change was coming… and it did. After that, we helped to elect a gun sense majority in the House of Representatives.”
– Juliana Simone, Group Lead, Students Demand Action Miami, Students Demand Action National Advisory Board Member & Student at Laurel Springs School

“In a little less than a year, my group and I have hosted various town halls between the police department and the community, held sit downs with various ranking politicians to discuss common-sense gun reform, and have specialized in organizing rapid response events (like vigils and marches).”
– Jai Patel, Group Lead Students Demand Action Hudson County, Students Demand Action National Advisory Board Member & Rutgers University Student

From the Field

Marco Vargas

“I am a first generation college student and as a Students Demand Action group leader, I can be a catalyst that prevents my friends and family from becoming victims of gun violence.”

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“In high school, gun violence stormed into the life of my friend, who survived after multiple surgeries after a gun shot wound. When that happened, I decided to start a conversation on how to stop gun violence in my community.

South Central Los Angeles Students Demand Action organizes rallies, host panels, and speaks out against gun violence in our hometown.

We focus our attention on daily gun violence. We lift up our community members to honor those who have had their lives cut short by gun violence, especially black and brown children and young people who die every day from senseless violence in our communities. We plan community events, meet with local elected officials, and develop critical leadership skills. We’re committed to channeling our talents and passions to mobilize our community.

This summer, my friends and I organized a leadership academy for low-income high school students in South Central Los Angeles. For eight weeks, we taught fourteen students of color how to plan events against gun violence. At Impact Day, the final summer program event, the South Central Students Demand Action Summer Program showcased ten proposals for reducing gun violence in the coming year.”

– Marco Vargas, South Central LA Students Demand Action Leader, Students Demand Action National Advisory Board Member & Student at Dartmouth College

Audrey Sample

“Gun violence has touched my life in various ways, and I hope to help other young people realize we don’t have to live (or die) like this.”

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“This spring we partnered with local gun violence prevention groups in facilitating the creation of a mural on the same street as the location of the 2015 Boys & Girls Club shooting and in a community that is disproportionately impacted by gun violence. Our artist, Brittany Williams, wanted to remind our city that, “Through Tragedy, There’s Hope.” Neighbors helped paint the mural and survivors had the opportunity to paint their name, or the name of someone whose life was taken by gun violence on the mural. We also held a dedication event with tabling, voter registration, survivor speakers, spoken word performed by youth, and were joined by our Chief of Police and Mayor.”

– Audrey Sample, Group Lead, Students Demand Action Rochester & Student at Monroe Community College

Jai Patel

“Every child should be able to live without fear, and it is my civic duty to use any and every resource I possess to fight on their behalf, and that’s what I’m willing to do.”

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“My hometown of Jersey City is leading New Jersey in various technologically advanced and innovative initiatives that strive to make our city better. The South Side of Jersey City has been ravaged by gun violence over decades. I’ve talked to mothers who’ve lost their kids to drive-by shootings, just because they were playing on their front porch. Everyone should have a chance to play outside without fear.

On January 11th, 2019 I became a survivor of gun violence when I was in close proximity to a shooting at Newport Mall in Jersey City. I ran for my life that day. My anger at the incident has strengthened my resolve, and it is absolutely my duty to empower and support survivors and their families.

For Wear Orange (which marks Gun Violence Awareness Day), Students Demand Action Hudson County sponsored and helped organize the 2019 Jersey City Unity Walk. This event brought together major violence prevention groups in the greater Hudson County area for a march through Greenville, a Jersey City community greatly impacted by gun violence.

Students Demand Action Hudson County is committed to building and maintaining relationships in our community. We engage legislators, violence interrupters, and survivors in our work. Our group does regular outreach to communities with a focus on those most impacted by gun violence in Jersey City. We empower those who have felt ignored over the years, because we believe that those who are closest to the violence, are closest to the solution.”

– Jai Patel, Group Lead, Students Demand Action Hudson County, Students Demand Action National Advisory Board Member & Rutgers University Student

Juliana Simone

“I was tired of being a part of the “mass shooting generation” — participating in drills at school, planning out exit routes every time I went to the movies, and feeling afraid at concerts.”

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“The Parkland shooting on February 14, 2018 hit very close to home for many of us here in Miami, Florida. Three days after that senseless act of violence, we started Students Demand Action Miami. Ever since that day, we have been educating and engaging with the community on the issue of gun violence. We believe that if we continue the conversation and demand action from our leaders, there will be an end to gun violence. Our goals for the coming year are to have a Students Demand Action group in the majority of high schools in Miami, register and inform future voters on the voting process and gun sense candidates, and urge our elected officials to pass common sense gun laws. Finally, we would also like to engage more minority students to be part of the conversation as it relates to gun violence prevention.

In the late summer of 2018, the Miami group of Students Demand Action worked very hard to organize a benefit concert called Life Over Bullets to happen in late September, 2018. Our goal was to spread awareness on the gun violence that affects our community by donating to local organizations that have been working hard to end gun violence in South Florida. This was going to be a major event and none of us had any experience in planning a benefit concert. However, that did not stop us. Through endless days and nights, we were able to secure 20 performances consisting of over 100 performers (local students throughout the South Florida area), 5 speakers (from Moms Demand Action, 2018 Gun Sense Candidates, and local student activists), a musical director, tech/backstage assistance, a food caterer, community tables, a voter registration drive, and 500 people in the audience — a full house! The event was a powerful night with people walking away with tears, hope, passion, and a readiness to engage in the movement. We also raised around $3,000 to which we donated to Guitars Over Guns and the RJT Foundation.”

Being a part of this movement is hard, but when I feel down I think about all the survivors who fight every day to end gun violence. Their strength keeps me going.”

– Juliana Simone, Group Lead, Students Demand Action Miami, Students Demand Action National Advisory Board Member & Student at Laurel Springs School

Get Involved

Here's What You Can Do

Attend a Recess Rally!

This August, as the Senate is back home for recess, gun sense activists are keeping the fight close to home by showing up to our senators' district offices to demand action on passing background checks on all gun sales and a strong Red Flag law.

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Join the Text Team

Talk to hundreds (maybe thousands, if you’re ambitious) students across the country about gun violence prevention policies and get them to take action!

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Start a Students Demand Action Group

Bring the power of Students Demand Action to your school or community by starting a group! Learn more and get started.

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Bring Students Demand Action to your community!

Students Demand Action is working with gun violence prevention leaders like you to bring the power of advocacy, research, and grassroots organizing to communities across the country. When you create a group, our team of expert organizers, researchers, legal experts and policy wonks will work to support you in engaging your community around enacting policies to keep people safe from gun violence.

Are you ready to join student leaders across the country who are taking on the gun lobby and fighting to make their schools and communities safer?

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • A Student Group Leader (that’s you!)
  • A Students Demand Action Group Advisor** (typically a teacher, parent or community leader)
  • A Location (Students Demand Action Groups can be hosted in schools, colleges, universities, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, or nonprofits)

** If you want to start a group but are having trouble finding an advisor, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we can help you identify someone.

Ready to get started?

Apply to start a local Students Demand Action group

“Our Students Demand Action leaders are changing the conversations around gun violence in their communities and beyond. In their own words:

“One of the most impactful things my group, the Miami chapter, has done is the Life Over Bullets Benefit Concert. This concert was meant to raise awareness on the gun violence that happens in the community everyday. It was incredible to see the theater filled with so much love, strength, inspiration, and hope. After that event, I knew that change was coming… and it did. After that, we had a gun sense majority in the House of Representatives.”
– Juliana Simone, Group Lead, Students Demand Action Miami, Students Demand Action National Advisory Board Member & Student at Laurel Springs School

“In a little less than a year, my group and I have hosted various town halls between the police department and the community, held sit downs with various ranking politicians to discuss common-sense gun reform, and have specialized in organizing rapid response events (like vigils and marches).”
– Jai Patel, Group Lead Students Demand Action Hudson County, Students Demand Action National Advisory Board Member & Rutgers University Student

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Issues We Work On

Breaking the Pattern of Gun Violence

Better Background Checks

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Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

Criminal background checks are the foundation of any effort to reduce gun violence across America. The system works – more than three million illegal gun sales have been blocked in the past 20 years. But half of all Americans still live in states where a convicted felon, domestic abuser or fugitive can simply skip a background check by finding an unlicensed seller at a gun show or online. Lawmakers need to close this dangerous loophole, and further strengthen the system by ensuring all background checks are completed before guns are sold and empowering law enforcement to pursue people who illegally try and fail to purchase guns. Learn more >>

Combating Daily Gun Violence

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Supporting Research, Law Enforcement and Local Solutions

To solve America’s gun violence crisis, law enforcement, policymakers, communities, and researchers need resources to do their jobs. The government needs to do its part in this fight by funding new research into gun violence; community-driven, evidence-based interventions to curb city gun violence; and new tools to help law enforcement collect evidence, trace all crime guns, reduce trafficking, and solve gun crimes. Learn more >>

Disarming Domestic Abusers

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Ending America’s Uniquely Lethal Domestic Abuse Problem

More than half of women murdered with guns in the U.S. are killed by an intimate partner or family member, and women in America are five times more likely to be killed in a domestic confrontation if a gun is present. Lawmakers should protect all victims of domestic violence, including non-married partners, by preventing abusers from possessing firearms after a criminal conviction or while under a restraining order. And the law must ensure that abusers actually turn in their guns after becoming prohibited from possessing guns in a court of law. Learn more >>

Holding the Gun Industry Accountable

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Repealing Gun Industry Immunity to Promote Safer Guns

Unlike any other major industry, the gun industry is shielded from accountability for business practices that directly threaten public safety and put American lives at risk. As a result, there has been no cost to the industry for failing to make guns safer or for marketing weapons and hardware that have no place in the hands of civilians. It’s time for that to change. Lawmakers must reverse the special treatment for the industry that too often bars the courtroom door to gun violence survivors.
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Protecting Kids and Communities

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Protecting Kids and Communities

Far too often, law enforcement or family members see warning signs that a person with access to guns may be a threat to themselves or others, but are helpless to do anything about it. Red Flag Laws can prevent mass shootings and reduce gun suicides by allowing family members and police to ask a judge to temporarily block a person from possessing firearms if they pose a threat to themselves or others. We must also limit easy access to firearms and accessories capable of inflicting mass casualties and require safe and responsible storage of all guns. Learn more >>

In the Media

StoryCorps Records One Small Step Conversations on Campus

“I brought up my part in the March for Our Lives movement in the spring of 2018. I planned my high school’s walkout and co-founded Students Demand Action Bergen County. With that group, I spoke at a march in Hackensack, New Jersey, calling for stricter gun legislation. As a result, I got to meet now House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.”
—Eric Knopp

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