Washington, D.C. – One year ago today, tens of thousands of survivors, teachers, and activists rallied in D.C. to demand action—and we won. We are at a generational shift in gun safety where guns are no longer the third rail in politics but front and center. The youth vote secured wins for gun safety candidates in the 2022 midterm election, including Republicans who crossed party lines to stand up against gun violence. In the aftermath of twin tragedies in Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX, a generation of young people who grew up engulfed in the trauma of gun violence rose up, again, to march for our lives. We held over 70 meetings with Congressional offices, met with Senate leadership, and then marched across the country. Youth fought for and passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the single-most significant gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years. We won and we’ll be back for more.
“In the weeks leading up to the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act being passed, I met with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Chris Murphy, and dozens of other Congress members to demand action,” said David Hogg, co-founder and board member of March For Our Lives. “Despite hesitancy, I was pleased to see our friends in the Senate persevere and prove that we’re in a different political moment. The ceiling gave and we’re just getting started.”