Gun violence has been on the rise in San Francisco, in California and across the nation since the start of the pandemic. This gun violence epidemic is a uniquely American crisis: Despite the huge number of people incarcerated on gun charges, our gun violence surpasses any other nation in the world.

As district attorney of San Francisco and as the legislation and policy chair of Brady California, we share a commitment to ending gun violence. But it is clear that current approaches are inadequate. Waiting to respond until after a crime has been committed is too late for that victim. We must take steps to stop gun violence before it happens.

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