A coalition of gun violence prevention survivors, advocates, and researchers from across the country gathered in Denver, Colorado in April to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Columbine shooting, and to forge a path forward to a safer America. From this assembly the Denver Accord was born, a declaration of guiding principles and policies to end the scourge of gun violence.
Gun violence is a multi-faceted problem that demands a comprehensive approach to eradicate. There is no easy solution. No single policy or program alone is sufficient to address the magnitude of the crisis. The Denver Accord is designed to address the complexity and enormity of this problem.
GVPedia thanks all the survivors, advocates, and researchers who made contributions the Denver Accord. We are grateful for your insights, experience, and technical expertise. We invite you or your organization to become a signatory to the Denver Accord.
The Accord will be distributed to candidates, legislators, media, and the public as a roadmap to reduce gun violence.
The Denver Accord addresses three key concepts:Put Safety First Let Laws WorkProtect Community
We welcome you as partners to work with us to save lives by becoming a signatory of the Denver Accord.
Devin HughesVictoria CoyPenny OkamotoGVPedia
Special thanks to Joanne Skirving for edits and to GVPedia board members Po Murray, Beth Joslin Roth, and Mark Bryant.
SIGNATORY ORGANIZATIONS TO THE DENVER ACCORD AGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING FOUR PRINCIPLES:-Guns do not make us safer.-Gun violence in America is a pervasive public health crisis that demands substantial policy solutions and well-funded programs that effectively reduce gun violence. -Equitable and just enforcement of gun laws is paramount.-Everyone has the right to live free from violence.
SIGNATORY ORGANIZATIONS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE FOLLOWING POLICIES CAN SAVE LIVES:LicensingRegistrationExtreme Risk Protection OrderSafe StorageReduce Lethality of Firearms and AmmunitionStrengthen and Enforce Existing Gun LawsReduce Presence of Firearms in Public SpacesFund and Proliferate Community-Based SolutionsPolice ReformFund and Expand Federal and State Research for Gun Violence Prevention