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Mississippi

Mississippi has had 31 mass shootings since 2020 and guns are the number one leading cause of death of children. Lawmakers must do more to keep kids safe from gun violence. Learn more about what you can do to help in your state and community.

Take Action Now

Join us right now and urge your representatives to make Mississippi safer by passing Anti-Active Shooter Simulation Drill Laws.

Mississippi had the number

1

highest firearm death rate in the U.S. in 2021.

Gun fire was the number

1

leading cause of death for Mississippi children in 2021.

Mississippi had the number

1

highest firearm death rate in the U.S. in 2021.

Gun fire was the number

1

leading cause of death for Mississippi children in 2021.

Take Action Now

Join us right now and urge your representatives to make Mississippi safer by passing Anti-Active Shooter Simulation Drill Laws.

Stop Traumatizing Drills

Active shooter drills have become a popular solution to prepare and protect students. But a dangerous variation of these drills hurts students rather than helping them. Active shooter simulations mimic a real-life shooting. Students should never have to participate.

69

children died by gun fire in 2021.

333

Mississippians died by suicide with a firearm in 2021.

25

mass shootings in 2023.

Mass Shooting in Mississippi

Among the mass shootings in Mississippi was the tragedy in Tate County, which made national headlines. In February 2023, a 52-year-old man shot and killed six people including his ex-wife and stepfather at multiple locations in a tiny rural community, authorities said. The man was armed with a shotgun and two handguns. One victim was shot and killed while sitting in a pickup truck outside a convenience store.

Gun Laws in Mississippi

Enhanced background checks
Restricts certain semi-automatic rifles
Secure storage
Temporary transfer

Our Impact in Mississippi

Throughout Mississippi, Sandy Hook Promise has engaged youth & adults in our mission and prevention programs.

7274

Supporters in the state

42

Volunteer Promise Leaders who help raise awareness & engage communities

198k

Trained students and adults in 431 schools to Know the Signs and prevent violence

22k

Students involved in 66 SAVE Promise Clubs throughout the state

Prevent gun violence in Mississippi

You can help make Mississippi a safe place for kids and for your whole community. We urge the legislature to pass proven policy solutions, including emergency temporary transfer, secure storage, and closing the stranger-to-stranger loophole to prevent gun violence and tragedy. These policies keep the public safe from harm while protecting individual rights.

State Issue

Everyone experiences temporary moments of crisis. When that crisis is combined with a firearm, the outcomes can be deadly. Temporary transfer supports gun owners in crisis while protecting their rights and gets them help before things turn tragic.
State Issue

A deadly loophole allows guns to be sold between a seller and a buyer who don’t know each other – and no background check is required. Mississippi can close this “stranger-to-stranger” loophole and expand background checks to prevent dangerous people from buying guns.
State Issue

Too often, children accidentally find firearms in their home. This can lead to the death of themselves and family members. Secure storage laws can prevent these tragedies and make it easier for gun owners to keep firearms away from their young sons and daughters.
Mark Barden
“We are proud to work with the bipartisan champions to ensure we're doing everything we can to protect our kids and that millions more students will be trained to know the signs of violence and act to save lives. Our work does not end here, we will continue to bring our prevention programs to schools and communities across the country and advocate for life-saving policies.”
Mark BardenSandy Hook Promise Co-Founder and Co-CEO

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