Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort

Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Educational Fund is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to preventing gun violence, injuries and deaths through education and advocacy.


There is an appalling level of gun violence in our state. More than 600 Wisconsinites – our neighbors, coworkers and loved ones – are killed each year by guns.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We need only to look to other states, to see that gun violence is preventable. The evidence and research are clear: Strong gun laws save lives. 

And states that put that lesson into law, like Connecticut, New York and Hawaii, are proving it. Unfortunately, Wisconsin has failed to take the commonsense steps that would keep our families and communities safe.

WAVE fills a vital role rallying public support, pressing for action, and giving people all across our state a place to turn for trusted information and bold leadership on gun violence prevention policies.

Founded in 1997 by passionate volunteers, we have grown to include tens of thousands of supporters representing every county in Wisconsin. And, as our influence has grown, so has our critical role with reporters and legislators as the go-to voice for lifesaving gun laws.

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  • In my work as an elected official, the WAVE community is a vital and unwavering partner in building grassroots support for policies that will save lives.

    Senator LaTonya Johnson
  • Joining WAVE was my way of helping multiply the impact and visibility of this ever-growing, relentlessly determined movement.

    Andrea, WAVE Volunteer
  • The epidemic of gun violence in Wisconsin can be cured, but you and I have to do our part. Our willingness to stand up for what is right is our legacy to our children.

    Jerry Hancock, WAVE Board President

Our Reach

We are growing stronger every day with supporters all across the state.