safe schools project

The Safe Schools Project is the voice of teachers and friends of education working together to stimulate conversation and advocate for best practices in school safety. Kudos go to Charleston student leaders, teachers, and Patrick Martin for his leadership of the AIA-Safe Schools Project. Patrick was interviewed by MTV regarding gun violence reduction issues while the Parkland team was in town.

i own it

“I Own It” is a series of campaigns created to drive awareness among South Carolinian’s about effective ways they can help reduce gun violence. The three campaigns include one to raise awareness about the effectiveness and widespread support of Universal Background Checks; one to educate the public about the dangers of gun thefts from cars; and one to promote safe storage best practices.

gun ownership project

Keeping guns secured saves lives.
We need a comprehensive campaign to dramatically reduce the amount of stolen firearms and unauthorized possession of firearms. That is why Arm-In Arm has created this new unique project created by gun-owners for gun owners.  Our goal is to have zero guns stolen out of unlocked cars and homes; as well as dramatically increase conversations among gun owners, gun dealers, gun clubs and others that focus on responsibility and securing our firearms from unauthorized use.  Gun owners have told us that gun owners speaking with other gun owners will build trust and create a renewed effort to work together on gun violence reduction issues without fear that second amendment rights are being jeopardized.

election accountability project

Arm-in-Arm’s 2018 Election Accountability Project states:
“If we want legislative change, such as background checks for all gun sales, then we need to hold elected officials and candidates accountable for their gun policy positions.“

The Arm-In-Arm EAP was launched during the 2018 primary and will go state-wide for the general election. It’s purpose is to motivate and inform voters to register, vote and have clear information on where candidates stand on SC gun policies. We do not endorse candidates nor tell people who to vote for. We ask candidates 2 simple direct questions….collect the answers, verify the answers multiple times and then publish the results via social media, e-mail and traditional media. This not only shines light on candidate positions. but it also let’s candidates know that their gun violence policy positions are a priority voting issue and they are being held accountable.

Please join with us and register, vote and hold candidates and elected officials accountable.

Participate in democracy and Arm-in-Arm’s Election Accountability Project today… 3 Easy Steps:

joint committee on children

The SC Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children is tasked with advising the SC legislature on policies that improve the well being and safety of children. Arm-In-Arm has spent the last year engaging with the committee, including providing testimony, to raise awareness of the need to address specific actions to reduce the impact of gun violence on children. The committee has asked Arm-In-Arm to provide a formal list of recommendations. Arm-In-Arm is in the process of creating a Blue Ribbon Report on Keeping our Children Safe from Gun Violence.

faith coalition building

In both our faith and our freedoms, let us protect one another. An initiative of Arm-in-Arm, Stand-Up Sunday has brought together thousands of faith leaders and congregation members to address the issue of gun violence through sermons, hymns, and demonstrations of support for universal background checks. To join the congregations in our state that are participating in this event, email us with your place of worship’s name and the subject line, “We’re in.” We’ll be in touch soon.

public health

Addressing gun violence as a public health crisis in our state is key. Our public health outreach efforts galvanize medical students and healthcare professionals, and help supply South Carolina-specific information and accurate, data-supported research, to those who need it. We’re also working to introduce change in medical education about gun violence, raising awareness of the risks to young children and troubled family members.

See what we’re working on here

education and awareness

From rotary clubs and congregations to universities and PTAs, every day we’re reaching out to new people and new groups to talk about gun violence. Together, we’ll coordinate with community leaders across the state – to inspire and empower communities toward practical and productive solutions. Our outreach efforts are geared toward reaching thousands of South Carolinians — so they, in turn, can engage their networks.

arts project

Arm-In-Arm has collaborated on several performances with important Arts organizations in Greenville and Charleston. This project will continue to grow as the arts community provides a unique approach to connecting to the public on gun violence issues and solutions. Through the transformative connecting ability of the arts to tell SC stories, AIA will facilitate creating opportunities for folks to listen, respect and work together on common ground solutions to keep our children and families safe from gun violence. We are thankful to have worked with Pure Theater, GlowLyric Theater, The Salvage Company-Piccolo Spoleto and Theater Charleston

digital tool kit


We have created the first comprehensive SC specific digital tool kit to empower all of us with information and guideposts to create your own positive prevention based in-home or group conversations on gun violence reduction issues.