As a victim of gun violence, Joe LaGuardia and his family know first hand how gun violence affects local communities and our nation.
Joe began his advocacy for common sense gun legislation and non-violent activism as a part of Outcry, an ecumenical coalition of Georgia clergy that works with churches, synagogues, mosques, other communities of faith, and politicians to curb gun violence by shaping and initiating balanced, well-reasoned gun legislation.
Since then, he has crafted a treatise for gun legislation entitled, “A Conversation on Gun Legislation Reform: Values and Recommendations.” This treatise, crafted over 6 years in collaboration with clergy, gun-owners, advocates, and lobbyists, presents a comprehensive plan of weening our society off of violence and leveraging non-violent activism of Christian pacifism. To download a copy, please click here: Gun legislation treatise_LaGuardia.
Joe’s story: In 2013, an irate citizen of Ross township, PA, opened fire on a town hall meeting using a semi-automatic weapon. Spraying the room with over 30 shots fired, the perpetrator killed three people, including Joe’s father, James “Vinny,” and wounded several others. Read the story here.
In 2018, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Joe is an alum of Douglas. His high-school buddy, Coach Aaron Feis, was one of 21 people killed as a result of the shooting. Read Joe’s op-ed here.