Formed in 2014 as a merge between Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety has become a focal point for gun control advocacy. Combining the political strength of the 855 mayors signed up to the former organization and the grass root network of the latter, Everytown for Gun Safety has achieved a cross-sectional movement that has lobbied different levels of government for stricter gun laws since its conception.
With a multi-faceted approach to gun violence through background checks, domestic violence, preventable death and gun trafficking, Everytown for Gun Safety has sought to tackle gun violence from various angles. In 2017 alone, Everytown for Gun Safety successfully supported legislation upholding Florida’s open-carry ban, lobbied the Rhode Island governor to sign a bill keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and pressured Facebook into tightening its rules on unlicensed gun sales on its platforms.
Everytown for Gun Safety has engaged in a longstanding opposition with the National Rifle Association (NRA). Its advocacy for gun control has often been stylized as “anti-gun” by the NRA and has led a significant number of mayors to disassociate themselves with the organization. Moreover, Everytown for Gun Safety has caused also cause controversy in the past, with accusations of inflating the number of shootings per diem in the US.
Nevertheless, with an advisory board including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and philanthropist Warren Buffett, Everytown for Gun Safety has maintained an established network of support and continues to act as a leading voice in the struggle for gun reform and the reduction of gun violence.