About Texas Gun Sense
Texas Gun Sense began out of a sense of frustration with escalating gun violence in Texas and in the nation. Like many of our fellow citizens, we were devastated with what happened at Virginia Tech, Aurora, and Newtown.
The shootings of innocent people are becoming far too common, and we are dismayed by the lack of response from our government.
Texas Gun Sense advocates for common sense, evidence-based policies to reduce gun injuries and deaths.
We use "gun sense" because we recognize citizens' right to own guns, but also believe our laws could be strengthened to include more sensible policies that would protect the general public from avoidable accidents and injuries from guns.
Our organization began in 2007 as Students for Gun-Free Schools in Texas, a non-profit organization founded by survivors of the Virginia Tech shooting, as well as family and friends of victims. Our members included students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, and others who care about safe campuses. In 2013, with added support and expanded membership, we became Texas Gun Sense, a nonprofit focused more broadly on public safety. We support gun ownership as an individual right for law-abiding citizens; we also support universal background checks, with a goal of keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals and people experiencing a mental health crisis that may be a risk to themselves or others.
What We Do
Increase public awareness – We give the public resources and information about gun violence and prevention and about federal, state, and local gun policy.
Bring people together – We facilitate the Texas Coalition to Reduce Gun Violence, bringing stakeholders together to explore policy solutions to gun violence.
Advance public policy– We advocate for sensible gun law reforms and are a reliable source of information to state and local policymakers.
Serve as a media resource – We supply the press with information on gun violence and policy issues that impact Texas. To find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Mary Lynn Rice-Lively
Anne Pederson Musial
Raul Camacho, Austin
Donald W. Jackson, Fort Worth
Dawn Lewis, Austin
Nelson Linder, Austin
Bridget Sharphorn Wiedenmeyer, Corpus Christi
Kathleen Thompson, Grapevine
John E. Woods, Houston