Gun Control — April 9, 2013 at 7:09 am

Art and artists against guns and gun violence:


Art is more powerful than violence in the long term

Earlier this month, Van Jones’ group Rebuild the Dream announced a new project that has artists creating amazing art to fight back against gun violence and those that would stand in the way of progress on controlling the proliferation of guns, especially assault-style weapons, in America. The project, called is worth checking out.

Even super-majorities of gun owners overwhelmingly support common-sense measures like a ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks. We are little more than three months after the massacre at Newtown. But most U.S. senators seem more worried about NRA attack ads in 2014 than the gun violence that is taking innocent lives today.

The answer to gun violence is not simple. In many communities, nothing stops a bullet like a job. Plus, we need more community-based violence prevention programs. But we also need strong common-sense gun laws. To win that fight, we need to reach out to spark new energy.

To engage our friends and neighbors, we are teaming up with the Creative Action Network. Dozens of artists have submitted astonishing, moving posters that remind us why we fight and inspire us to dream differently. They could not come at a better time.

Check out these powerful posters at now — and then share them with your friends, family and community.

The most-shared posters will be given a place of honor at a gallery show in San Francisco on April 18th, helping the artist sell prints.

Click share today and you will be supporting talented individuals at the creative edge of 21st century advocacy.

Not only that: You will help change the minds of friends, relatives and neighbors, and inspire them to join the fight.

In the weeks to come, Rebuilders will do more than share moving designs online. We will also bring this art out onto the sidewalks and streets of our communities — and bring culture and creativity into a perilous political moment.

Here are a few of my favorites:

[Artist: John Vincent]

[Artist: Chris Lozos]

[Artist: Fernando Horta]

[Artist: John Vincent]

Here, of course, is Anne’s contribution:

There is also a Tumblr where you can upload your own art against guns and download a kit to help spread the art throughout your town. Click HERE.