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Americans for Gun Safety (AGS) and the AGS Foundation (AGSF) have been folded into Third Way, an organization founded and operated by the former AGS and AGSF management team.

For Third Way’s latest gun safety policy and message guidance, please visit our gun issues page. There you can also find reports produced by AGS in a special sub-category.

For current gun safety data and other information, we recommend the American Hunters and Shooters Association, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Press inquiries:
Matt Bennett, Vice President for Public Affairs
202.775.3768 x212
mbennett@thirdway.org

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Third Way Policy Modules

Progressive fortunes in 2008 will rise or fall over how well they fare connecting with the middle class on economic issues, closing the national security gap, and handling culture issues. Progressive candidates will need a set of policy ideas and communications tools designed to tackle real substantive problems and to help convince middle class and moderate voters that the nation needs a new direction in each of these three areas.

To that end, Third Way has developed a robust policy agenda of more than 20 ideas spanning each of these key areas. These ideas are presented as a set of highly user-friendly “policy modules”. The first set of these modules, one each from our middle class, culture and national security programs, is enclosed with this memorandum. The remaining modules will be released over the next few months.

Each of our modules features:

Middle Class: An Economic "Success" Agenda

Our middle class agenda is designed to help anxious middle class families meet the aspirations they hold for themselves and their children. Our policy ideas include making college affordable, helping parents balance work and family, bridging health insurance for people who change jobs or start a business, simplifying 401ks, and relieving the burden on families who care for aging parents.

National Security: A "Tough and Smart" Security Agenda

Our national security agenda is designed to prove that progressives are tough enough to stand up to our enemies and smart enough to do so strategically and effectively. It includes ideas to reform our intelligence operations, restore the beleaguered military, win the war in Afghanistan and restore American values to our battle against terrorism.

Culture: A "Strengthening Families" Agenda

Our culture agenda allows progressives to go on offense and to appeal to the concerns of families who feel that the bonds of the community are weakening. It includes policy initiatives to protect kids from online predators, keep internet pornography away from children, battle childhood obesity, and protecting communities from crime.

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