Day of National Concern
The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence began in 1996, supported by unanimous U.S. Senate Resolution and Presidential Proclamation, both calling for a Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence and national distribution of the Student Pledge.
Participation in the Student Pledge sends an important message: that violence is neither inevitable nor an abstract force against which young people are powerless. Violence is, rather, the sum total of individual decisions, and reversing the violence will occur individual decision by individual decision. The Day of National Concern honors the role that young people themselves can play in helping to reverse violence.
Since 1996, more than 10 million students have signed the Student Pledge. There are many ways for your school or community to join in this effort: