As we head into this holiday week, our hearts are heavy from the tragedy in Newtown. We've seen an outpouring of compassion, coupled with the question - "What can I do?"
The world is watching, and what we do here matters. Minnesota has historically led the nation with effective gun violence prevention policy. We are one of few states that is in a position to lead again.
To do that, we need you to help in any way you can. Here is what you can do:
Donate. We need tax-deductible donations for education and coalition-building, and non-deductible donations for lobbying. For either one, use this link. If you would like an instant tax-deductible receipt, use this link. We very much appreciate your support.
Get involved. See our web site for ways to get involved. We have a petition urging the governor and all of our elected officials to commit to prevention. If you've already signed, ask your friends to sign.
Protect MN has already convened an anti-violence coalition, and we are working to get the prevention message out. Sami Rahamim, who lost his father in the Accent Signage mass shooting, and retired Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan are working with us to spread the prevention message, and they have already made several media appearances.
In the 1990s, our organization, then using the name Citizens for a Safer Minnesota, pushed the nation's first bill prohibiting domestic abusers from owning guns. Sen. Paul Wellstone used the new Minnesota law as a model for the federal law that he sponsored and passed in 1996. Since then, many lives have been saved by keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
What we do here and now matters. Please donate today.
Thank you for all you do,
Protect Minnesota: Working to End Gun Violence