Uniting For Change After a Summer of Discord

After the massacre in Orlando in June,  Bateman Group’s co-owners wanted to do something to support the victims and their families in Orlando, but also for the ongoing effort to reform our nation’s outdated gun control laws. Our first donation went to Equality Florida Action, an organization we profiled in July. This post is about the second recipient for August — the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Since the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016, there have been 106 additional mass shootings in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive. The number of victims injured or killed in mass shootings every year is staggering. No city, town or county in the nation is immune to the impact of gun violence. In an effort to reduce the enormous loss of innocent lives, we’re making a donation to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV), a non-profit organization that advocates for common sense gun laws.

The LCPGV was founded by a group of attorneys in 1993 in response to a mass shooting at the San Francisco law firm of Pettit & Martin that left nine people dead and six people injured. The massacre is often referred to as the 101 California Street Shooting for the downtown high-rise in which the rampage took place. Workplace shootings were not nearly as common in the 1990s as they are now, so this tragedy shook the City of San Francisco to its core. Since then, the LCPGV has been dedicated to advocating for common sense legislation that would reduce gun violence in the U.S. They do this through educating the public on the benefits of smart gun laws and partnering with local lawmakers to draft legislation to prevent gun violence.

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More recently, the LCPGV worked to help defeat bills in 17 states that would have allowed people to bring loaded weapons onto school campuses. It may seem unbelievable that lawmakers would even consider allowing guns at schools, but the gun lobby in this nation is powerful, well-funded and organized. Groups like the LCPGV need all of the help and money they can get in what’s become a constant battle against the gun lobby’s influence on lawmakers.

Donating to organizations like the LCPGV isn’t the only way that individuals can make an impact. Whether you’re spreading awareness of common sense gun control laws, pressuring local lawmakers via social media or writing letters to your representative in Congress, your words and votes have the power to drive change. For example, this November voters in Maine, Nevada, Washington and California will have the opportunity to vote for legislation to reduce gun violence. It’s up to us to stand up and advocate for common sense gun laws. It’s time for the killings to stop, and collectively we have the power to make it happen.