2022 was a year marked by triumph in the wake of tragedy. Across the country, gun violence reached record levels as communities continued to grapple with the fallout from two years of COVID-related disruptions to the economy, education and daily life. Firearms became the leading cause of death for children and teens, and gun violence continued to shatter families and communities as grocery stores, schools, nightclubs, workplaces, homes and more became the scenes of senseless shooting tragedies.
But the gun violence prevention movement also accomplished the most significant federal progress in a generation, successfully urging members of Congress to pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to strengthen our federal gun laws, while also confirming a director of the ATF for the first time in seven years . We continued making life-saving progress at the ballot box, electing gun sense champions at every level of government, and expanded a gun sense majority to the U.S. Senate.
Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers passed more than four dozen gun safety laws in states including Colorado, Rhode Island and Tennessee, while defeating 95 percent of the gun lobby’s priority legislation in states including Alaska, Idaho and Louisiana. And, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s dangerous ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, we immediately got to work, passing state laws that bolster protections against the wrongheaded decision.
This year, Moms Demand Action volunteers marked 10 years of life-saving progress at the local, state and federal levels. And we grew to nearly 10 million supporters to create the one of largest and most diverse coalition of gun violence prevention advocates in America. In 2022, we rose to meet challenges and tragedy with courage and unity, and we’ll continue fighting to save lives for decades to come.
In 2023, we’ll build on our life-saving work and continue to champion innovative solutions and take meaningful action to address gun violence. Together, we’ll continue to save lives — and nothing will stand in our way.