Working to prevent gun violence tragedies.
We are working to get every state to submit to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the names of people legally found to be a danger to themselves or others and were involuntary committed for inpatient or outpatient treatment.
Since NICS was created in 1998, over 27,000 people have been barred from purchasing a gun from a federally licensed firearms dealer based upon the above criteria. The more names that are entered into the system, the more effective NICS will be.
Support across the political spectrum.
Remarkably, the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, as well as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Education Fund to Stop Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence all support our mission.
Virginia is a leader.
Right after the tragedy, our families and survivors helped fixed the issue that allowed the shooter to buy his guns in Virginia. Virginia added the names of people that were committed to involuntary outpatient treatment to NICS. We want every state to follow Virginia’s example.
Research and advocacy are essential.
To succeed, we are reviewing laws, examining the history of each state, working with activists, legislators and government officials, and using social media and advertising to engage the public and bring about real, meaningful and measurable change to make our nation safer.
A safer future.
We, the families and survivors of the Virginia Tech tragedy, want to make sure our story isn’t yours. Every name we add to the background check system reduces the danger to us all. VTV believes that achieving this and passing universal background check legislation would be significant steps in preventing more mass shootings.
Your help will enable us to get this done. Please join our cause and donate $32 or more to be a part of the solution! There are lives in the balance.