Gun Violence

The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence (DeCAGV)

UUDAN partners with DeCAGV to support legislation which will reduce the toll of violence in our state.  The Mission Statement and History below were quoted directly from the DeCAGV website.

Mission Statement

The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence’s (DeCAGV) mission is to help safeguard our citizens and communities. Our goal is to prevent gun violence in Delaware by promoting sensible gun laws and addressing the root causes of gun violence.

Our statewide coalition of parents, teachers, clergy, grandparents, nurses, friends, gun owners, and like-minded groups and institutions is united to achieve this mission.

Together we will forge a large and strong public voice of Delawareans working to reduce gun violence.

History

The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence (DeCAGV) was formed January, 2013, after the tragedy of Sandy Hook—twenty young children and six adults murdered by a madman with guns. This was a huge tragedy that created unspeakable pain, all because of one man and lethal weapons.  Too often we shake our heads and move on, but this time was different. Enough was enough.

We also remember that dozens of innocent people are shot every year in Delaware. This issue is not just about preventing mass shootings, but any shooting in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities. We are working to create and sustain safety and peace in our small state.

DeCAGV is not opposed to hunting, the Second Amendment, or responsible gun ownership.  We are opposed to the ready availability of military style weapons on our streets and the perpetuation of the myth that more guns means a safer community.

We also oppose the cynical exploitation of citizens’ fears by the extremist leadership of the National Rifle Association who argue that sensible gun regulation is a threat to their security and safety.