As common sense as it may seem to take any measure necessary to prevent children — and human beings of all ages, because this is an ongoing epidemic that doesn’t discriminate based on age — from being ripped apart by bullets while at school (or grocery stores, movie theaters, churches, concerts, spas…), gun control laws still have yet to be passed in the United States.
According to Sandy Hook Promise, a gun violence prevention organization founded by parents of children murdered during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, “948 school shootings have taken place since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012,” and as of 2020, “guns are the leading cause of death among American children and teens.”
As of December 28, 2022, the Gun Violence Archive recorded 641 mass shootings in the U.S. within the year, setting a record as the second-highest number of mass shootings in a single year in this country. The highest number of mass shootings in the United States’ history was in 2021: a terrifying, harrowing, nauseating 690 shootings. And yet… No actionable change in the arena of gun violence.
In fact, many celebrities are more outspoken about introducing gun legislation than politicians — the very people who have the power to enact lifesaving measures for the citizens they’re responsible for. Scroll on to learn which celebrity parents are using their platforms and voices to create awareness, increase education, and drive lasting, meaningful change as far as gun violence against children — and everyone else — goes.