Our Vision

To create safer communities by reducing gun injury and death.

Our Mission

To engage and unite gun owners and non-gun owners alike in reducing gun injury and death through advocacy, education and community action.

History

GunSenseUs was founded as Gun Sense Chester County (GSCC) in March 2017, when the group developed a strategy, formed a Board of Directors and filed as a non profit 501(c)4 organization.

The group began with an email list of individuals who had been involved with the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence — a group formed following the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

Over the next 20 months the group grew and evolved — applying what it learned to developing future strategy.

During the fall of 2018, the Board of Directors made several important decisions:

  • To change the group’s name to GunSenseUs (rhymes with “consensus”)
  • To form a 501 c(3) affiliate group — the GunSenseUs Education Fund
  • To develop a focused agenda for future group efforts

We relaunched as “GunSenseUs” in February 2019. This is our 501(c4) advocacy organization.

The GunSenseUs Education Fund has received an IRS letter of recognition as a 501c3 non profit organization.

General Philosophy

GunSenseUs recognizes there are many residents who enjoy gun ownership and use them for hunting and sporting purposes, as well as for personal protection.  We also recognize that there are an unacceptably high number of gun violence injuries and deaths in the United States in the range of 10 times the amount of other developed countries in the world. 

We see gun violence  not as a political issue, but first and foremost and issue of community health and well-being.

We are not anti gun. We are not seeking to ban guns or confiscate guns.  While we recognize the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the view that this creates rights for those who want to own guns, we believe those who choose not to own guns also have rights.

We work to educate citizens about current gun regulation and to promote a thoughtful conversation about the increased presence of guns in our society and what that means. 

We support actions that keep guns from those who should not have them and activities that promote safe gun ownership and use. 

We believe that through education, dialogue and common purpose, we can all work together to reduce the scourge of gun violence.

Building on Consensus for Gun Sense

Did you know that even as you read this, there are many possible policy changes on which gun owners, and non owners agree?  Truth!

As a consensus oriented group, GunSenseUs has crafted a three-part agenda based on a few of these policies..think of it as “Your Best B.E.T. for Gun Safety.

B – Background check for every gun purchase

E – Extreme risk protection orders, a tool to enable family or law enforcement to request the temporary removal of a firearm

T – Training before first firearm purchase, enhancing safety for the gun owner and those who will be exposed to the gun

For more information about B.E.T, click here.

Local Focus

Gun regulation occurs both at the state and federal level.  Therefore, taking action requires knowing what legislation is being proposed, at what level of government, and the position of your specific elected officials.

As a group founded in Chester County, we offer robust information about the positions of Chester County and other elected officials, as well as opportunities to attend meetings and volunteer to help. We hold educational meetings.

As we continue to grow, we are offering information, tools and templates that support efforts in other areas of Pennsylvania.

Keep in mind, direct contact from each elected official’s local constituent is more effective than signing generic national petitions.

Activities and Events

GunSenseUs sponsors activities and events such as:

  • Educational presentations
  • Workshops
  • Community outreach
  • Meetings with elected officials

Affiliate Relations

GunSenseUs collaborates with national, regional, state and local gun violence prevention groups where we share support consensus policies. While we do not agree on every issue, or have identical approaches, we are stronger together.

We welcome you to join us.   

Need to contact us?  Send us an email:  gunsenseus@gmail.com

 

2 thoughts on “ABOUT GunSenseUs

  1. Fuck this group they know nothing of the politics they bash on and they lie about the statistics. The truth is groups like this don’t want you to know that you cant legislate this stuff, that people cause harm and they are smart enough to make a weapon if they can’t hind one, just like the rise of acid attacks in the UK following knife bans. The truth is other forms of weapons kill more than firearms all the time! More knife deaths, more vehicle deaths, hell prescription Drugs kill so many people it make gun violence look non existent. The funny part is guns are the only thing That they rope the suicide cases into the overall number because they want to scare you and manipulate your view point. The truth is prescription meds killed over 300 thousand people the same year as the vegas shooting and that number isn’t part of the over 250 thousand some odd people who purposely Killed them selves on prescribed meds, given by a doctor. By yet we rather go after rifle we label(incorrectly) “assault rifles “. That same year of the Vegas shooting, 406 people were killed with the use if one of these rifles, most likely this number is manipulated into incorporating some suicides but that 406 is nothing compared to the 1609 people stabbed to death. The truth is firearms are not as responsible for death as our evil ways. Gun Sense Us is evil!

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  2. J is correct. You are just a tool for the new world order crowd they cannot enslave the United States like they have the rest of the world until they disarm us. The American people will not surrender

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