Amy Ramaker is a chapter leader with the California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and became involved with the organization after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old [gunman] fatally shot 20 children. “I was devastated by the murders at Sandy Hook, and honestly felt numb thinking about the number and the ages of the children murdered,” Amy recalls. “Of course, it made me think of my own children. Then when the incident where four people were killed and eight injured in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara, I felt like I had to do something. I saw a flyer for a group fighting gun violence to be held at a local coffee shop. The group was called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
The Red Pom Hat on The Fearless Girl (and the Wall Street Bro)
The antidote is for women — who make up a majority of the voting electorate and make 80 percent of the financial decisions for our families — to stay vigilant, pay attention and work together. And we know it works: Moms Demand Action has more than 3 million supporters, a chapter in all 50 states and our favorite pastime is beating back gun lobby bills that would put more guns in more places, no questions asked. In 2017 alone, we have already seen success in Montana and Wyoming, of all places.
The Invisible Way Guns Are Used To Keep Women In Abusive Relationships
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, which is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, said Sorenson’s study provides even further evidence that gun violence and domestic violence doesn’t always look like someone being shot. “Injuries and homicides are just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “We may be missing many common ways that guns are being used to perpetuate abuse, whether it’s physical or mental.
Doctors can’t be barred from speaking to patients about guns
Luckily, physicians’ First Amendment rights don’t end at the clinic door, and at the urging of gun-violence prevention experts at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which filed to challenge the law, as well as Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which also joined in, the 11th Circuit court made this abundantly clear.
My mother is gone; others may be saved
On the anniversary this week, we’ve asked others to honor my mother through action. My husband and I spent Feb. 8 at the state Capitol in Santa Fe with members of the New Mexico chapter of Moms Demand Action and other fellow neighbors to call on legislators to pass Senate Bill 48/House Bill 50. The bill – introduced by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, and Sens. Richard Martinez, D-Española, and Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe – will address the glaring loophole in New Mexico state law that allows criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to obtain guns from unlicensed sellers with no background check, no questions asked. SB 48/HB 50 would close this deadly loophole by requiring a criminal background check for all gun sales.
Quillen professor: Teaching children about guns is labor intensive, but effective
More effective programs supported by the clinical psychologist include the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund’s Be Smart campaign, which advises gun-owning adults to secure all guns in their homes and vehicles, model responsible behavior with firearms, ask others about the presence of unsecured guns in their homes before their children visit, recognize the risks of teen suicide and tell others about the program.
America's gun extremists have an ally in Trump – our lives depend on fighting them
I have a message for the gun lobby and the lawmakers who do its bidding: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is not going anywhere. Together with Everytown for Gun Safety, we are three million strong with chapters in all 50 states. For us, the safety of our communities and our children's lives are on the line, so there is no doubt we will be blocking the NRA leadership's agenda at every turn and continuing our fight for an America free from gun violence.
Lucy McBath: We Cannot Stop With One Day Or One March — We Must Continue To Fight
Over the years, I have become passionate about working to prevent senseless gun violence that disproportionately affects women and people of color. Given my role with Everytown For Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I fight for the safety of our communities daily. This week, I testified before the Florida State Legislature opposing a dangerous Stand Your Ground bill.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense founder Shannon Watts fights to keep the nation’s children safe
Renamed Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the group grew to 130,000 members in its first year, with chapters in every state. In 2013, MDA partnered with Mayors Against Illegal Guns. A year later, both organizations became part of Everytown for Gun Safety. Combined, MDA and Everytown have three million members who email and write letters, make calls and turn up in person, en masse, to advocate for measures designed to reduce gun violence. So many moms started showing up — with their children in tow — that the MDA began holding “Stroller Jams.” “This would create such a logjam in the statehouses, that lawmakers couldn’t get by without talking to us,” Watt says.
Four years after Sandy Hook, Moms Demand Action leading the charge for stronger gun laws
Just four years later, Moms Demand Action has become the Mothers Against Drunk Driving of gun safety. As the grassroots arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, we have a chapter in every state and more than three million supporters, making us the largest gun violence prevention movement in the country. What we’ve accomplished in just four years is astounding. Gun safety was the silver lining of the 2016 election: Ballot initiatives in Nevada, Washington and California resulted in new, life-saving gun safety laws, despite strong opposition from the gun lobby. We supported candidates who put gun safety first and ousted those who put the gun lobby before the public safety of their constituents.
I taught at Sandy Hook — & now I need your help
Since the shootings in Newtown, we’ve fought hard and, in some cases, we’ve won. Eight states have strengthened or passed laws requiring background checks since December 2012. We’ve fought to keep guns out of K-12 schools and off college campuses. Major corporations like Starbucks, Target, Chipotle, and just recently, Levi’s, have acted to make their customers safer. A chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America now exists in every state to make sure legislators know their constituents care about gun safety. And now the volunteers of Moms Demand Action are organizing teachers, professors, administrators, paraeducators, staff, and faculty across the country who are concerned about gun violence in the education space.
4 years after Newtown, gun control advocates tailor efforts
We're pivoting to the states and to American businesses and saying, 'OK, when Congress won't protect constituents, it's up to state lawmakers and companies to protect their constituents and customers,'" said Shannon Watts, who founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America following the Sandy Hook shooting of Dec. 14, 2012. "It's a proven, effective strategy and winning strategy. And we're going to keep at it as long as it takes — to point Congress and the Supreme Court in the direction the nation is headed in." Watts' group counts 3 million people as members, and she said it has benefited from a surge of interest since the election, with standing-room-only events in West Virginia and the Carolinas following Trump's win. Among its next priorities, the group wants to help pass a requirement for background checks on gun buyers in New Mexico and to defeat an Ohio bill that would allow guns in areas including daycare centers, police stations and colleges.
There have been 200 shootings of police this year
Day and night, police officers run toward danger to keep the rest of us safe, and this tragic milestone is a sobering reminder of the risks they face,” said John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president. “We have to reduce those risks, and data shows that we can ― by making it harder for criminals to get guns. It’s long past time to close the dangerous loophole in our laws that lets criminals buy guns with no background check and no questions asked.
Call the NRA’s bluff, enforce gun laws: Feds must throw the book at offenders
If Trump and Sessions are serious about upholding the law, they can adopt basic information-technology improvements, beef up prosecutors’ offices, and put teeth in the laws. Sessions’ home state of Alabama has the third worst gun homicide rate in the country, so steps like these should be at the top of his to-do list. The alternative? Falling for the old gun lobby canard that making America safer portends the extinction of our constitutional rights. Safety and the Second Amendment can and do live together. So call the gun lobby’s bluff, and get tough on crime.
Donald Trump won’t silence us
Now is the time to dig in and stand united against any attempt to dismantle life-saving gun laws. Together with Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action has more than three million supporters and chapters in all 50 states. We will ensure the president-elect and the extremist leadership of the NRA do not undermine our safety. With their champion newly elected to the White House, the NRA will almost certainly push to quickly enact its reckless agenda in Washington and in our statehouses. Moms Demand Action volunteers will not shrink from that challenge – we will keep fighting until our country truly is safe from gun violence in everyday life.
As women, we’ve mourned - now it’s time to take action
As the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an army of volunteers in every state fighting for gun safety, I am committed to doubling down on fighting the gun lobby's radical, dystopian vision for our country. Given that the National Rifle Association was the largest outside donor to Donald Trump, our movement will need to become stronger than ever to hold the line in Congress and statehouses.
Ballot measures tightening firearm access enjoy good night
The measures in California, Maine, Nevada and Washington drew millions of dollars in outside money from gun-control groups including the Michael Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety, which broadly outspent the National Rifle Association. The NRA and gun-rights groups fought the background-check measures with a slick campaign of their own, arguing that they penalized law-abiding gun owners and rendered virtually all private transfers illegal. Everytown gave more than $14 million to the Nevada campaign compared with about $7 million spent by the National Rifle Association in opposition to the measure, according to Nevada campaign-finance records. Everytown invested about $7 million in Maine, and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group founded by former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, her husband, chipped in about $500,000 in support of the background-check expansion, records show.
Why Julianne Moore is standing up for gun safety: ‘This is about us finding our voice’
So the Hunger Games and Children of Men star joined forces with Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the U.S., to launch the Everytown Creative Council, which includes members of the creative community who support gun violence prevention. Moore chairs the council, which also counts as members Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian West. “It’s about safety and preventing gun violence,” Moore tells PEOPLE. “Growing up, I didn’t feel like there was a problem in the U.S. with guns. I knew plenty of people who had guns. Ronald Reagan signed the assault rifle ban, and suddenly the NRA became a huge lobbying force, and guns became an untouchable issue.
Note to Trump: Like gun violence, misogyny is deadly
Gun violence has become an issue so important to women that they will remember where candidates stand on gun safety when they go to the polls in November. That’s because American women are 16 times more likely to be killed with guns than women in other high-income countries. On average, 51 American women are shot to death by a current or former intimate partner every month. And the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. - 57 percent - involve domestic violence, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.
Why we need to talk about Trump's latest comments & violence against women
It’s an odd thing to feel lucky after experiencing years of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. But I survived. Every month, 51 American women are shot and killed by current or former spouses or intimate partners, according to Everytown for Gun Safety research. The gun lobby likes to claim that protecting ourselves from gun violence is about keeping us safe from strangers in a dark alley, but the facts don’t back that up. Women are twice as likely to be killed with a gun by a current or former male intimate partner than killed by a stranger using any method, combined.
The huge piece of the gun debate that no one is talking about
The 2017 federal budget, which is still under negotiation in advance of a December 9 deadline, will mark 20 years since Congress last approved federal funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct research into gun violence. And that's a big problem, advocates for gun control say. “When you don’t have good research and a shared set of facts, you will find it very hard to find consensus on how the world works, and how different, perhaps contradictory, sets of values should operate within it,” Ted Alcorn, the director of innovation at research and advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, said in an interview.
Groups pushing gun control target Cedar Rapids lawmaker Ken Rizer
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety are targeting first-term Rep. Ken Rizer, R-Cedar Rapids, because he supported a change in Iowa law they say would repeal background checks for private gun purchases. The first of four fliers Everytown plans to send House 68 residents is in the mail today. “There have been a lot of lawmakers who have sided with the gun lobby over the safety and security of Iowa families,” Amber Gustafson of Ankeny, president of the Iowa chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said Wednesday. “Ken’s one of them. He has consistently stood in the path of good gun legislation and has consistently supported things to make us markedly less safe.
Gun control hits the ballot in November
It’s a political sea change,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said of the growing attention to the issue. For years, "both Democrats and Republicans thought it was the third rail of American politics. It was very hard for us to engage people on this issue, certainly in Washington." “In many ways, that gave rise to our ballot strategy because while the NRA (National Rifle Association) could have politicians in their pockets, they couldn’t really have the people in their pockets,” he said.
Sunday Paper Q&A: Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action
Shannon Watts is a mom on a mission. The founder of the grassroots movement Moms Demand Action, Shannon started the organization the day after the tragic violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Ever since, she and her fellow supporters have been advocating in D.C. and in communities across America for public safety measures that will keep our kids, and all of us, safe. Moms Demand Action has a chapter in every state and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the U.S.
Jordan Davis’ mother: What I want Trump to know about gun violence
As a June report by Everytown for Gun Safety and the National Urban League documents, there are some local programs that are reducing gun violence on neighborhood-by-neighborhood levels. But ask anyone involved, and they’ll tell you: The list of challenges they’re up against is long. In this country, 32 states — including Indiana, which borders the city of Chicago — have what’s called a “private sale loophole” in which criminals and other dangerous people can obtain guns online or at gun shows, without a background check, no questions asked. Across the U.S., these states contribute a disproportionate share of the guns traced from crime scenes to a sale in another state.
Why two top gun control advocates are supporting Republicans over Democrats in two key Senate races
And former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent and Hillary Clinton supporter, endorsed Toomey earlier this month, citing the senator's leading role on a background check bill after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. Bloomberg's super PAC released an ad with the daughter of the Sandy Hook principal saying she's "grateful" for Toomey. In Pennsylvania, grass-roots groups affiliated with Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety group are actively campaigning for Toomey over his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty. The message is clear: The gun control movement has the back of Republicans who cross party lines for their cause.
Q and A with Erica Smegielski on gun safety legislation, Hillary Clinton, and your need to vote
Erica first became involved with Everytown in the follow-up to the vote on Manchin-Toomey, when she was actively pushing for the legislation. Erica is on staff at Everytown as a Partnerships Manager. She has authored numerous Op-Eds supporting common-sense gun legislation, and has spoken at fundraisers all over the country. She also famously called out Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) for refusing to support the Manchin-Toomey bill. Whether or not you saw her speech during the Democratic National Convention, you certainly have been affected by her ongoing work at Everytown to bring common-sense change to our current network of state and federal gun safety laws.
Donald Trump just doesn't get it when it comes to gun violence
When Trump implies his opponent should be shot, or makes insensitive "jokes," or associates with people who cast doubt on mass murder, he belittles the experience of the hundreds of thousands of Americans whose loved ones have been killed by gun violence, and he incites and legitimizes the most extreme voices. Time and again, Trump has proven that his would be an administration completely devoid of empathy.
My son was murdered in a mass attack. Trump's talk of gun violence horrifies me
As the parent of a son who was shot and killed, the way Donald Trump talks so callously about gun violence horrifies me. Early in the campaign, he said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any voters. And this week, he suggested that gun violence could be a way to deal with Hillary Clinton because she wants to “essentially abolish the second amendment”. It’s not as if he shouldn’t know his words incite violence. He recently pointed Katy Tur, who covers Trump for NBC, out to the crowd at a campaign event – and afterwards she had to be escorted out of the event by the secret service for her own safety.
NRA circles the wagons around Trump
This is yet another example of how the NRA is not the hunting and sporting organization of our grandfather's generation -- rather they are showing their true colors as the craven lobby of gun manufacturers,” said Erika Soto Lamb, communications director for Everytown for Gun Safety USA, a gun-control group backed by Michael Bloomberg. "The NRA does not represent the interests of the vast majority of responsible gun owners who know that the Second Amendment should never be used as a threat or to incite violence.
Gun extremists have been coming after women for years – We aren’t scared & neither is Hillary
We won't be silenced. And Hillary Clinton will not be bullied by Trump, who is in lockstep with the NRA and its dangerous "guns everywhere" agenda. While this is a new spin on trying to intimidate a female gun violence prevention champion, it will fail, just as it has failed with Moms Demand Action volunteers across the country. It comes down to this: Our opponents are afraid someone will take away their guns. We are afraid our children will be shot and killed. You tell me who has more fight in them.
Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian have lunch with gun violence survivors: 'Not one more!'
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars joined organizations Moms Demand Action – a grassroots movement of Americans who demand reasonable solutions to address the nation’s culture of gun violence – and Everytown for Gun Safety – a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities – to discuss gun violence and safety.
Gun safety ticket marks new era in national politics
When Senator Kaine takes the convention stage as a candidate for vice president on Wednesday, he’ll speak after Erica Smegielski — an advocate with Everytown for Gun Safety, and the daughter of the principal who was fatally shot at Sandy Hook. Lucy McBath — a spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and whose son was shot and killed in a dispute over loud music — will already have spoken on Tuesday night.”
Mothers of the Movement to speak at Democratic National Convention
She's the first presidential candidate that I'm aware of that has just said, 'This is a national crisis. It has to be dealt with,'" said Lucia McBath, whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot at a Florida gas station for playing his music too loudly. "Our communities and our families will never be safe unless we deal with gun violence in this country." The mothers -- who also include Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who died in prison, and Cleopatra Cowley, the mother of Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot in a Chicago park with friends -- will also appear in a campaign video for Clinton that will debut tonight at the DNC.
Orlando victim’s parents: Why we’re going to DC one month later
We decided to spend this very sad anniversary urging our elected leaders in Congress to pass common-sense laws that will keep guns out of dangerous hands. We decided to thank leaders like Senator Bill Nelson and Representative Carlos Curbelo for standing up for public safety. We’ll ask Senator Marco Rubio — who as fellow Republicans, we have supported in the past — to stand with our family and put the safety of Floridians ahead of the extremist gun lobby.
Daughter of Sandy Hook victim to protest while Ayotte gives speech
Lafferty said imposing bans on those on the “no-fly list” is a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough. She said she will continue to advocate for gun reform until no one is able to purchase a firearm without first passing a comprehensive background check. “I know that my mom would continue to fight for me, and it’s the very least that I can do for all the other survivors and family members of victims that I’ve met along the way, and for all of the people who don’t even know that gun violence is going to impact their life.
House vote proves gun lobby allies playing same old game
Why try to bring this zombie gun lobby “solution” back to life? It’s an election year. First after the San Bernardino attack and again after Orlando, senators got the chance to go on the record as voting to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. That’s good politics, of course. Over 80 percent of the public agrees that we should close the so-called “Terror Gap” and not allow terror suspects to buy guns. Not all Terror Gap proposals are created equal, though. Read the letter of the gun lobby’s, and you see it isn’t serious. It’s unworkable. Try to enforce it, and the FBI would find it easier to indict a suspected terrorist than it would be to block a gun purchase. Try to adhere to the legal standard it establishes, and law enforcement would have to show, in court and within 72 hours, that a suspect will actually commit an act of terrorism.
My Mom was the principal killed at Sandy Hook — But here's what I really want you to know
It's moments like that one that make my work really difficult sometimes. Not only am I grieving the murder of my mother, which happened in super public way — I now do this advocacy work for a living, working as the Senior Outreach Associate at Everytown for Gun Safety. Some states do have really good gun laws and require background checks on every gun sale. The problem is that guns don’t abide by state lines. It’s easy for someone to drive to Indiana and then bring a gun back to Illinois, which is a large part of the problem there.
For a gay dad and head of a gun safety group, Orlando was personal
The organization I lead, Everytown for Gun Safety, has 3.5 million supporters and volunteers in all 50 states. Gun violence survivors and our Moms Demand Action volunteers are our vanguard. They’re the everyday Americans who — by turning the personal into the political — have transformed into advocates. They’re our movement’s heart and soul. Together, we’re charting the same political course as marriage equality. Rack up wins in the states. Swell the chorus. And, eventually, D.C. will hear us loud and clear.
An Open Letter to Rep. John Lewis from Jordan Davis’ Mother, Lucy McBath
Thank you Representative John Lewis and the colleagues who joined you for a historic sit-in demanding a vote on legislation that would close loopholes in our law that make it easy for dangerous people—including suspected terrorists—to buy guns in this country. As the daughter of a Civil Rights leader, I have long considered you a hero of mine. You found the power and authenticity to compel your colleagues—and the American people—to move for a cause. Your actions translated directly to the desire of the people in our country to save lives from gun violence.And while you sat on the floor for more than 24 hours, Americans stood in solidarity with you. I gathered with hundreds of supporters on the Capitol steps, chanting, praying and telling our stories. And while you held the floor in the House, more than 175,000 calls poured into Congress from all over the country telling their representatives to do more to keep us safe.
A ton of celebrities just signed a petition to get Congress to end gun violence
Editors at Billboard worked with the nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety to draft the letter and get music industry contacts to sign it. “Music always has been celebrated communally, on dance floors and at concert halls,” they wrote. “But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences—going to school or church or work—now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country.” Joan Jett and Lady Gaga were among the first to sign, but within a few days, 133 stars had offered their support for the movement. Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, James Corden, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nick Jonas, and Paul McCartney—the list goes on.
My mother was killed in a mass shooting and Congress did nothing. This time will be different
This time will be different. There is no alternative. This time, our anger and our intensity and our passion will overcome the callow, spineless forces on the other side. This time, groups like the one I work with, Everytown for Gun Safety, are prepared to defeat those who have allowed tragedies like Sunday's to become the status quo.
We’re with her: Hillary Clinton is the candidate for gun sense voters
And that’s why, after months of asking tough questions and carefully considering the positions of all candidates, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. We are the country’s largest gun violence prevention group with more than three million supporters — and we’re with her. Hillary is the only candidate who has consistently stood on the side of gun safety. She’s the only candidate has stood with gun violence survivors. And she’s the only candidate who has shown the backbone to stand up to the gun lobby’s extreme “guns everywhere” agenda.
Will those who weep for Harambe, also decry deaths in Chicago?
Obviously what happened was horrible, but we need to put it in perspective,” Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told MSNBC on Thursday. “Ninety-one people get shot everyday, two million children live in homes with unsecured guns in this country. That’s what keeps me up at night. Given the prevalence of gun violence, we’re all much more at risk of being shot than being trapped with a gorilla.” While Watts is troubled by that apathy that many Americans seem to treat stories of gun violence (“This is just what happens in America,” is how she encapsulates the attitude), she is encouraged by the victories her organization helped achieve despite overwhelming opposition from gun lobbyists and inactivity from lawmakers in Washington.
Clinton is the best choice to reduce gun violence
And millions of voters are supporting Hillary Clinton with gun safety top of mind. The organizations we lead, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, are proud to endorse Clinton for president. Elections are always about the future. This election is particularly historic because, for the first time, the way forward on gun safety couldn’t be clearer
Spike Lee turns Empire State Building orange to recognize gun violence victims
For the Empire State Building to kick off by turning the spire orange is a powerful way of saying this is an American movement,” Feinblatt says. “This isn’t really about politics, this isn’t really about policy. What the Empire State Building is essentially expressing is that we want to honor the people who have been killed by gun violence and we want to bring Americans together.
How losing my friend to gun violence changed me
She had no affiliation with gangs. They were shooting at children in a park. [A trial date has not been set.] But once people heard “gangs,” they wrote the whole thing off, and that’s why I’m so passionate. This is not just a South Side of Chicago problem, or a Sandy Hook problem, or a college campus problem: It’s every American’s problem. Last year Everytown for Gun Safety approached me to push our work nationwide. Our first Wear Orange campaign reached more than 200 million people. This year's is on Hadiya’s birthday, June 2nd. She would have been 19, and I’m pretty sure if she were still here, she’d be fighting right beside me.
One bullet changed our lives forever
To date, Dre has survived eight strokes, a traumatic brain injury, multiple seizures, and nine surgeries. One surgery replaced the right side of his skull; another stretched out the tendons in a contracted foot. Not only has he defied the odds—he is surpassing them. He has learned how to feed himself with assistance, and he can now answer questions by nodding yes or no, which has allowed him to help pick out his clothes again. He may never be the football player he was, or the firefighter he once wished to be, but he is a hero.
The gun was left in a kitchen cabinet
Gun violence? That happens to other people. I was delusional in thinking that every gun owner is responsible enough to properly store their firearms. That’s because I’m one of those responsible gun owners. Brooklynn is dead because I failed to ask her friend’s parents two very important questions: Do you have a gun in the house, and is it safely secured? The Glock had been left in a kitchen cabinet, loaded and chambered. Brooklynn’s friend accessed the gun while they were in the kitchen. There were no charges in Brooklynn’s death. It was ruled an accident.
When I heard the news in Charleston, I knew my mother was gone
I don’t know what I would have done without the support of other gun-violence survivors. I received a beautiful handwritten letter from Lucy McBath, whose son Jordan Davis was killed in 2012. She introduced me to a world of people who had suffered the pain of losing their loved ones from gun violence. They knew how I felt, and were there to listen and shower me with love. They also helped me to become an advocate, something I never expected to be. But there are steps we can take: Completed background checks have blocked more than 2 million sales to dangerous people who are prohibited from owning guns, saving countless lives.
Which Donald Trump will speak to the NRA?
Twenty years ago, George H.W. Bush took a similar stand when he resigned his life membership from the NRA. NRA headquarters had failed to disavow their chief lobbyist’s remark that federal agents were “jack-booted thugs” — prompting a fed-up Bush to draw a line between support for responsible gun ownership and gun lobby extremism. Which side of the NRA’s line will Trump end up on?
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So far, I am troubled by Trump’s rhetoric and his eagerness to line up with lobbyists. The NRA’s vision for America is not one I want for my children. It’s not an America where people feel safe at home, in their neighborhoods, in their schools or in their workplaces. To make America safe again, we must continue to go toe-to-toe against the gun lobby’s agenda to weaken the standards for who can carry hidden, loaded guns in public, make it easy for domestic abusers to get their hands on guns, and expand dangerous laws such as Stand Your Ground. We must keep fighting back against NRA proposals to force guns onto college campuses and into classrooms.
It’s high time for Delaware to close the ‘Charleston loophole
I may not be from Delaware and I don’t profess to know all of the subtleties of Delaware law. I do know about the unspeakable grief that accompanies the deaths of loves ones who have been killed by gun violence and in channeling my grief into action, I have learned how common-sense policies can prevent others from experiencing that sort of grief. Delaware has already acted to require background checks for all gun sales. HB325 is one way of making sure the system has time to do its job and stop dangerous people state law even stronger. I urge Delaware legislators to swiftly pass it.
Auction of gun that killed Trayvon Martin is the low point of NRA’s ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ culture
Just like this infamous gun, too many of our elected leaders are also on the auction block — available to the highest bidder regardless of concern for the constituents who elected them. Too often, they are sold to special interests because of the perceived power and influence of groups like the National Rifle Association. They become the mouth pieces for policies they do not understand the implications of — the proponents of laws that promote a culture of shoot first, ask questions later, a culture that upends traditional self-defense law and emboldens individuals to settle conflicts by reaching for their firearms, even when they can safely walk away from danger.
Mother of fatal shooting victim asks Oklahoma lawmakers to reject gun bill
She and other members of a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense came to the Capitol to register opposition to House Bill 3098, which would allow people to openly carry firearms without a license and without training. Current law requires a license, an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation background check and training for those who wish to carry a gun in the open or concealed.
Missouri ‘stand your ground’ bill is dangerous
It is down to the wire — the Missouri Legislature only has a few more days in session this year — but there’s still time to stop the dangerous trajectory this bill is on. They must understand the repercussions of their actions. I want them to understand that the policies that they are pushing through with haste, particularly “stand your ground,” would be destructive to Missouri communities.
Packing heat onto college campuses
At the same time, lawmakers in Tennessee succeeded with a partial advance of the “campus carry” gun craze, approving a measure authorizing professors and other full-time staffers with permits to go about armed on public campuses. Gov. Bill Haslam declined to either sign or veto the measure, thus non-Solomonically allowing it to become law. He contended that while his preference was to leave the issue to local college officials, some of his concerns were addressed in the bill he wouldn’t sign. Considerable opposition was voiced by college professors, students and law enforcement officials closely involved in campus life. Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America denounced the governor’s passive-aggressive enactment, complaining Mr. Haslam “failed to stand up for public safety and veto a dangerous guns on campus bill.”
Virginia on-air shooting victim’s mom ready to demand action on mother’s day weekend
Sunday will be Barbara’s first Mother’s Day without her daughter. (She has another child, a son named Drew.) This weekend, she is set to travel to New York City from her home in southern Virginia to march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The march is an annual event now in its fourth year. In an address to the crowd, she will encourage supporters to continue standing up against gun violence.
These are the threats you get when you lead a gun-safety group
Despite the constant harassment, the bottom line for me and the other Moms Demand Action volunteers is this: If we lose our children, we have nothing left to lose. We will not succumb to intimidation. We will not kowtow to bullies. We will not be silenced. Not after Sandy Hook. We refer to ourselves as “one tough mothers.” In fact, several volunteers have turned that phrase into a tattoo — a visual and constant reminder of why we fight for gun safety: because our children’s lives are at stake. And that motivation is more powerful than threats and intimidation.
The smallest fingers on the trigger
They are the most maddening gun deaths in America. Last year, at least 30 people were killed in accidental shootings in which the shooter was 5 or younger, according to Everytown For Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group that tracks these shootings, largely through news reports.
Tennessee, Georgia campus carry bills have big differences
On Tuesday Linda McFadyen-Ketchum, a volunteer with the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, noted the differences between Haslam's and Deal's decisions, while noting that many opposed the measures. "In Georgia, Governor Deal took those concerns to heart and vetoed the legislation. In Tennessee, Governor Haslam ignored his own constituents to side with the gun lobby," she said in a statement. "Tennessee college faculty, students and law enforcement said they didn’t want this. In Georgia that mattered. It’s unfortunate that here in Tennessee — in spite of close to universal opposition from college communities and Governor Haslam’s own stated concerns — our governor failed to stand up for public safety and veto a dangerous guns on campus bill.”
Georgia governor vetoes ‘campus-carry’ concealed gun bill
Lindsey Donovan, leader of the Georgia chapter of the anti-gun violence group Moms Demand Action, said she was grateful Deal "listened to Georgia students, faculty and parents." "The leadership shown by Governor Deal with this veto should stand as proof to other elected officials that this is not a partisan issue and that they too can stand up to the gun lobby," Donovan said. "I'm thrilled that our voices were heard and that the will of the gun lobby no longer goes unchecked in the state of Georgia."
Eight reasons to march for gun sense on May 7th
Now Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a full-fledged movement with a chapter in every state, hundreds of thousands of volunteers and, as part of Everytown for Gun Safety, more than 3 million supporters. In 2013, when Congress failed to pass background check legislation after Sandy Hook, it seemed, for a minute, that if that tragedy couldn't change our nation's culture of gun violence, nothing could. But the truth is that the gun violence prevention movement has grown exponentially--in part, because of Congress's failure to act. And we're winning in statehouses and boardrooms across the country.
Tragic consequences of children and guns: New figures reveal toddlers shot at least 23 people in 2016
Following the Alabama shooting, gun safety group, Everytown for Gun Safety, condemned the 'entirely preventable' incidents. 'I was angry and devastated upon learning about the three-year-old who was able to access and discharge a loaded and unsecured firearm, unintentionally killing his nine-year-old sister,' said Enslen Crowe, a leader with Alabama Moms Demand Action. 'We cannot accepting such tragic events as potential occurrences when it comes to gun ownership. 'These child shootings are not accidents and should not be labeled as such. They are entirely preventable and parents, gun-owners and non-gun owners alike, should Be SMART to ensure the safety of our kids around firearms.'”
Child gun deaths are not ‘accidents’
So far this year, according to data compiled by Everytown for Gun Safety , at least 77 people under age 18 have unintentionally shot either themselves or another person. There have been 36 deaths. Among the victims were Patrice Price, the mother of three who died on the side of a Wisconsin highway and was remembered for her smile and generosity; 3-year-old Holston Cole, whom family friends described as full of life before finding his father’s gun in their Georgia home; and Kiyan Shelton, a 2-year-old in Indianapolis who climbed onto a kitchen counter and got his mother’s handgun from her purse. The grief — and in some cases guilt — of their families is unimaginable. So, too, will be the lifelong emotional damage to children who, through no fault of their own, become unwitting killers.
Inside Amy Schumer takes on gun safety in exclusive preview
“She really stood up and became a leader in the gun violence prevention space,” Brina Milikowsky, chief strategy officer for Everytown, tells EW of Schumer. “This is a really important fight to improve public safety and help save lives in America. We do need to use every tool that’s at our disposal. The ability to use comedy to reach new audiences is incredibly powerful.” Milikowsky is featured in the episode as well, as Schumer turns the tables and sits down to interview her about issues of gun control.
Hollywood becomes increasingly vocal in the fight against gun violence
The group is fictitious — as is Underwood’s political brinkmanship to outwit the NRA. But go to familiesforgunreform.com, and you’ll be redirected to the site of the very real organization Everytown for Gun Safety, launched by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Everytown didn’t just buy up the Families for Gun Reform URL, the group collaborated with “House of Cards” writers “to make sure they got it right,” according to the organization’s president, John Feinblatt. In fact, Feinblatt consulted on the script regarding issues of gun legislation and violence.
Michael Stipe: Governor, please veto this bill
Bills to allow guns on campus are a priority of the gun lobby, but they are overwhelmingly opposed by the American public. If Deal vetoes the Georgia measure, he would be in good company. Such measures have been proposed this year in 17 states, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, which tracks gun legislation. So far five states – Indiana, Virginia, Wisconsin, Kentucky and West Virginia – have rejected the bills and none of the others have passed. Last year, 18 states considered guns on campus legislation. Just one, Texas, moved forward with the idea.
ETSU President expresses concerns about the possibility of guns on campus
Noland is backed by Dr. Jodi Polaha, a Ph.D. Associate Professor in ETSU’s Department of Family Medicine. She’d like to see Haslam stand up against the legislation. “I am disappointed that more of our state law makers did not listen to the voices of the people on college campuses whose safety is directly at stake,” she said. “College presidents, chiefs of campus police and security, and many faculty, staff, students, and students' parents asked that they vote against this dangerous legislation. We need our Governor to stand with those charged with protecting our campuses to ensure this bill does not become law.”
Moms Demand Action’s founder tells Palo Alto: We can make a difference with gun safety
Shannon said she often hears people dismiss what is sometimes called ‘hashtag activism,’ but it gets results by amplifying the impact of individual voices who care about an issue. To raise the safety concerns around ‘open carry’ guns in public places, Moms Demand Action has used Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to put pressure on corporations that allow guns in their stores and restaurants. And these campaigns have worked.”
Nevada women more likely than others to be killed in domestic violence-related shooting, study says
Women in Nevada are 65 percent more likely to be fatally shot by an intimate partner than women in other states, according to a new study. The study, released this week by Everytown for Gun Safety and the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, uses data from domestic violence-related gun homicides from 2010 to 2014 to find patterns. It also includes stories from each of the 46 cases. “The stories are important,” said Lisa Lynn Chapman, the network’s communications coordinator. “These are real people, and these are real tragedies that happened in our communities. They’re not a percentage, and they’re not a statistic.”
On and off Facebook, moms organize against gun violence
Moms Demand Action, whose volunteers help police Facebook for gun sales, has also used social media to expand its reach and amplify its message. Like Black Lives Matter and other grassroots movements that got their start online, Moms Demand Action relies on hashtags and photos “going viral” to build momentum and get the attention of lawmakers. “People sometimes deride hashtag activism, but you know what?” Watts said. “It works.”
Julianne Moore locks down on gun safety with safety organization
So Moore became involved with Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest U.S. organization for gun violence prevention, which launched in 2014 through a combination of the groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Everytown, which boasts more than 3 million members, advocates for initiatives that would create stricter background checks and supports laws that keep guns away from domestic abusers and strengthen safety programs.
‘Gun violence is a women’s issue’ - How lax laws threaten women
According to statistics from Everytown for Gun Safety's campaign Singled Out, which looks at how single females are affected by gun laws, women in the U.S. are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than those in other high-income countries. The vast majority of intimate partner homicides — two-thirds — are committed with guns. And when there is a gun present in an abusive household, the risk of a victim dying goes up 500%.
Be SMART program teaches adults how to prevent child shootings
What makes Be SMART unique is the expectation that the primary responsibility lands on adults to secure any guns safely out of reach of children. Teaching children how to be careful around guns is important, but is NOT enough. Be SMART also teaches parents how to ask others if they have any unsecured guns or other weapons in their home before letting your children go over to play. Surprisingly, perhaps, gun owners usually don’t mind being asked this! Practicing how to ask is helpful, though. Although teen suicide cannot be stopped completely, Be SMART teaches parents of at-risk children to keep loaded guns away from them. Perhaps just making it more difficult to reach a gun will stop a child from making a choice that can’t be undone.
East Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action set aim on common sense solutions to gun violence
Johnson City’s Vicki Powers, a member of the group, took a nearly five-hour drive to Nashville for a conversation with Van Huss — who represents her district — then snapped a photo with the former Marine Corps sniper and National Rifle Association-endorsed politician. Powers is part of an organization called by the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones “the NRA's Worst Nightmare,” but the gun-loving Van Huss met with her nonetheless. Powers carries a powerful story. She described why she got involved with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and how guns literally hit so close to home for her.
Andrew Bird partners with gun safety initiative
Andrew Bird's newest album, Are You Serious, is out April 1. Bird is touring behind the album, and this week, he's announced a partnership with the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, a movement aimed at reducing gun violence in America. Bird will donate $1 to the fund for every ticket sold on tour. He'll also sell a custom t-shirt printed in orange—a color the gun violence prevention movement has adopted with the Wear Orange initiative—with proceeds going to the fund.
The NRA is coming for your toddler
The first overhauled NRA fairytale appeared in mid-January, coincidentally, two weeks after gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety released a report that in the United States, toddlers were responsible for some 265 accidental shootings in 2015 alone, or about five accidental shootings a week (83 of those ended in death). The report is the first of its kind to tally precisely these numbers. Everytown for Gun Safety issued a chart breaking the numbers down by age. “This is the first attempt at making an account at this scale and this degree, and we as an organization started doing it this year,” Ted Alcorn, Everytown’s research director, told the Washington Post.
Don’t believe the NRA’s hype about President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee
To paint Garland as an opponent of gun rights, they distort a basic procedural vote that he cast in a gun case before the D.C. Circuit. In fact, Garland didn’t issue a ruling. He didn’t even say or write anything about the merits of the case. And think about the company he was keeping. Judge A. Raymond Randolph, a George H.W. Bush appointee and outspoken conservative, was among three judges who joined Garland in the same vote.
Virginia Tech shooting survivor backs gun background checks
Goddard says it’s easy for people to buy guns, and that he’s supporting a ballot initiative to expand criminal background checks to nearly every private gun sale. Opponents have said the effort infringes on peoples’ constitutional rights and would be nearly impossible to enforce.
I jumped on the Everytown for Gun Safety [a gun-control advocacy group] bandwagon after Lucy McBath, the national spokesperson for one of their campaigns, sent me a handwritten letter. Lucy is the mother of Jordan Davis, who was killed in Jacksonville, Florida, by a white man who thought the music in the car he was riding in was playing too loudly. I felt compelled that somebody would reach out to me that way, so I called her, and from that conversation, I knew that this group was one I needed to be a part of. This group, along with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, has become my support network. Those have been the people that I know that I can call anytime because they know exactly how I feel—someone has been taken from them the same way, unnaturally, so everything that you feel, they already know.
So just how easy is it to get a gun in Minneapolis
Marit Brock, with the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said most Minnesotans approve of background checks on private gun sales. According to a survey done by Public Policy Polling in 2015 of Minnesotans who voted, 84 percent of them support universal background checks on gun sales — compared to 11 percent who opposed. Despite those poll numbers, Brock said, most Minnesotans don’t know about the so-called “gun show loophole,” which refers to private gun sales that don’t require background checks or federal licenses. “So, closing the gun shows sales loophole and requiring background checks on all gun sales is an important priority for us, here in Minnesota.”
So just how easy is it to get a gun in Minneapolis
Marit Brock, with the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said most Minnesotans approve of background checks on private gun sales. According to a survey done by Public Policy Polling in 2015 of Minnesotans who voted, 84 percent of them support universal background checks on gun sales — compared to 11 percent who opposed. Despite those poll numbers, Brock said, most Minnesotans don’t know about the so-called “gun show loophole,” which refers to private gun sales that don’t require background checks or federal licenses. “So, closing the gun shows sales loophole and requiring background checks on all gun sales is an important priority for us, here in Minnesota.”
Report shines light on Nevada’s online gun market
According to a recent report from Everytown for Gun Safety, a group working to end gun violence, unlicensed gun sellers in Nevada are posting nearly 36,000 unique ads on just four websites every year. “In total, just these four websites we estimate could put as many as 3,100 guns in the hands of felons and domestic abusers each year.” That’s study author Ted Alcorn. He says researchers posted their own gun ads on Facebook and a handful of other websites. Then, they checked out the criminal histories of about 200 would-be gun buyers. Turns out, about 1 in 11 of those potential customers were actually prohibited from purchasing firearms.”
Permitless concealed carry bill headed to Idaho Senate
“If signed into law, SB 1389 would dismantle our current system and put Idahoans at risk, including law enforcement officers who risk their safety to protect us,” said Hannah Sharp, with the Idaho chapter of Moms Demand Actions for Gun Sense in America. “So why are our elected leaders attempting to undo a system that has worked for a century and is supported by law enforcement?”
‘Refuse to be a victim,’ and more lessons for women from the NRA
"There's a reason that two million children in this country live in homes with unsecured guns, and in part that's because we have a gun lobby that says you are always in danger and you should have a loaded gun with you at all times," says Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "It is not okay to store your loaded gun on the counter or on top of the refrigerator. We're the only developed nation with this problem, and in part it is because the gun lobby is so focused on selling guns and fear-mongering and creating panic in order to sell their product that they don't focus on the safety components of gun ownership that they should."
Q&A: Gun control advocate Colin Goddard
In 2007, Colin Goddard was in a French class at Virginia Tech when a gunman opened fire; he was shot four times but survived. He's now a senior policy advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety pushing for stronger gun control laws.
Open-carry gun protestors greet President Obama in Texas
Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman for the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, said the open-carry activists underscore the weaknesses in Texas gun laws. “As they said, they are planning to demonstrate around the festival to reach out to the younger generation,” she said. “But when the law doesn’t require background checks on gun sales, there’s no way to know if the guy carrying a handgun next to you is a political activist, or a cause to duck or cover.”
DFL group urges background checks for guns
Schoen and Latz are backed by the national gun-control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which sprung up in response to the 2012 mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults dead. “Background checks keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers and the violent mentally ill,” said Marit Brock, chapter leader for Moms Demand Action in Minnesota. “Fewer women are killed by domestic abusers, fewer law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty and we see gun suicides nearly cut in half in the states that have implemented background checks on all sales.”
Are looser gun laws changing the social fabric of Missouri?
In response, the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action signed onto a BeSmartcampaign promoting safety steps including training parents to secure guns in their homes and ask about proper firearm storage before dropping children off at a friend’s house. As Becky Morgan, Missouri Chapter Lead for Moms puts it when we spoke, “this is a new step to parents are taking to look out for our children’s safety. We already ask about food allergies, pet allergies and pools. Now we ask if firearms are in the home, are they stored properly out of children’s reach?”
Before Kansas mass shooting, a trail of domestic violence
Luke Entelis, counsel for Everytown for Gun Safety, said the overwhelming caseload of federal prosecutors often places the responsibility of enforcing federal laws in the hands of local officials who may lack that authority. “States need to put in their own prohibitions,” Entelis said. “That empowers state and local law enforcement authority to act with full authority of state law behind them.”
FBI processed 2.6M gun background checks in February, third-biggest month on record, fueled by Obama, Clinton gun ban fears
“Background checks have blocked more than 2.4 million gun sales to felons, domestic abusers, those with dangerous mental illness, and other prohibited gun buyers, but unfortunately millions of gun sales take place without a background check each year, so the data doesn't tell the full story,” said Everytown for Gun Safety spokesman Jack Warner.
America can’t wait to address gun violence
When I heard of the recent random mass shooting in Kalamazoo, I was shocked. My fondest memories of my brother took place there. We never thought of Kalamazoo as being anything but safe, but look at what's happened there. And just days before the anniversary of my brother's death, it seems almost eerie how we are all connected to gun violence. I always wanted to do something about gun violence, but living in a staunchly conservative state, I never really perceived an opportunity. Our lawmakers' positions were so deeply ingrained in gun lobby rhetoric and ideology, I didn't think speaking out would have mattered.
Turner: Businesses should promote safety, not dangerous discounts
Guns simply don’t belong in restaurants, cafes and other public spaces where we bring our kids and families. Imagine taking your child to a grocery store and confronting an armed individual whose motivations you cannot tell. Is this person a criminal or someone trying to make a political statement? And in Texas, where background checks are not required on all gun sales, it’s easy for dangerous people to go online or to a gun show to avoid a background check.
Why Moms will end gun violence: ‘There is nothing fiercer than a mom protecting her children’
I’m often asked why I continue this fight when Congress has refused to enact any sensible gun laws to address gun violence since our inception. My answer: When it comes to the safety of our children, moms will never give up, and we will find ways to drive change to protect them. And we are winning in statehouses and boardrooms. Since that fateful day in 2012, Moms Demand Action volunteers in chapters in all 50 states have been a powerful force for gun safety, winning countless victories in red states and blue states. We have become the counterweight to the gun lobby.
Despite chance at revival, changes to Florida’s “stand your ground” law won’t be heard again
McBath, who is now a faith and community outreach leader for Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement earlier this week: "It's an insult to anyone who's ever had a loved one taken by gun violence to expand Florida's 'stand your ground' law further than any law in the country at all, but especially on the anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death."
After Kalamazoo shootings, the big question: why?
The Michigan chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in a statement said Saturday's incident is one of at least 143 mass shootings that have occurred in America since 2009, and the second mass shooting in 2016. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the mass shooting last night that killed six and injured two," the group said. "We don’t expect this type of violence to happen here in Kalamazoo, but the truth is that gun violence is affecting communities across the country every day."
Maine background check initiative will go to the people
Members of the Bloomberg group were pleased with Dunlap’s certification. “More than 200 hardworking and dedicated volunteers helped to make this day possible,” said Jackie Sartoris with Moms Demand Action in a statement. “Our coalition continues to grow every day as more and more people join the campaign for common-sense background check reforms that will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Closing the background check loophole will save lives.”
Why don’t Bernie Sanders’s millennial supporters care about his record on guns?
Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella organization of advocacy groups that focus exclusively on curbing gun violence, insists that there’s been progress on the issue. “If you look at the big picture, in recent presidential election history, I think gun policy has sort of catapulted into one of the issues that voters have in mind,” said spokesman Erika Soto Lamb. “Democratic nominees fighting each other over who is better on gun policy represents a profound shift on the issue.”
Gun safety group steps up advocacy efforts in Missouri
Throughout her many years in close proximity with firearms, Bowen, 48, has developed an interest in promoting gun safety. She serves as the head of the Columbia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization founded in December 2012 by Shannon Watts of Connecticut in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. "It's not about guns per se," Bowen said. "It's not about hunting. You can be comfortable with guns and not comfortable with the legislation around them." Personal reasons motivate some of the organization's members. Becky Morgan, leader of the Missouri chapter, named her now 14-year-old son after her late father, who was shot and killed. She said of her son: "It's not too late to keep him safe."
Gun background checks and mental health records
William Rosen said this kind of worry over submitting mental health records is unwarranted. Rosen is council with Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that works to end gun violence. “It should be the least controversial thing that you can imagine,” he said. Rosen said gun rights advocates want to focus on mental health and enforcing existing laws, and this does that. The number of states that have submitted fewer than 100 mental health records to the background check system has fallen from 23 in 2011, to six by 2015, according to Rosen’s group. Rosen said he’s optimistic that this kind of record sharing will keep growing.
A how-to guide on dealing with a ‘gunsplainer’
Everytown for Gun Safety, a movement dedicated to ending gun violence, has teamed up with Cosmopolitan for Singled Out, a campaign aimed at educating and empowering unmarried women about the dangers of guns. As part of the campaign, they have released a video featuring Gary, a "gunsplainer," who hits on a woman named Jessica, who is in the service, at a bar.
It’s time to talk about what guns have to do with dating
While no one wants to imagine her partner would hurt her, the stats tell another truth: 1 in 3 women will experience abuse in her lifetime, according to the CDC. Nearly 1 in 5 may be stalked. And when a gun is present in a domestic-violence situation, a study in the American Journal of Public Health found, it raises a woman's risk for being killed by 500 percent. Single women are especially vulnerable, because laws give them less protection than married women, argues Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of the gun-violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety.
Facebook moves to ban private gun sales on its site and Instagram
Everytown for Gun Safety presented Facebook with research connecting unlicensed gun sales on the site to gun violence. For example, Ms. Watts said, in December 2014, an Ohio man, Brian Harleman, shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend and killed her 10-year-old daughter before killing himself. Although prohibited from buying firearms because of a felony conviction, he was able to buy the weapon in an unlicensed sale on Facebook. “We were saying, ‘Please stop the unfettered access to guns on Facebook,’ ” Ms. Watts, a mother of five in Colorado, said in an interview.”
Va. gun-safety activists feel betrayed by McAuliffe’s ‘gift to the gun lobby’
“Governor McAuliffe should reconsider this dangerous gift to the gun lobby,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, which in the fall poured more than $2 million into two state Senate races in a failed attempt to help McAuliffe’s party take control of the chamber.”
Meet the activists using social media to turn hashtags into rallying cries
Social media now plays an important role in influencing the opinions of millennials, who are the largest rising generation in U.S. history. So “Nightline” recently invited a diverse and vocal group of thirteen influencers to come offline and chat face to face about this critical election year. We wanted to hear what they think we as a nation should get worked up about.
#EmptySeat Honors Lives Lost To Gun Violence
Lucia McBath, who is a member of the Everytown Survivor Network, lost her own child to gun violence. In 2012, her son Jordan Davis was killed in a parking lot in Florida during an argument over loud music. She’s seen many of his empty chairs since then, including at his high school graduation. “Jordan’s father and I went to his high school graduation,” she told Refinery29 by phone. “That will always be in my heart, that I had to receive my child’s high school diploma because of his empty chair. Because he was murdered and is no longer with us.”
Moms to the NRA: We will win the battle over gun safety
The new year is starting with significant momentum, but there is more to be done. Moms nationwide are starting to head to their statehouses. In November, Americans will vote for candidates and ballot measures that will save lives from gun violence. Mark my words, and join the fight: 2016 will be the year of gun safety.
Barack Obama keeps his promise on gun laws, but now states must do their part
The President promised action and delivered what he could. With Congress gridlocked, now it's up to the states to do their part, close the loopholes in federal law, and ensure that all gun sellers do background checks — whether those sellers are licensed or unlicensed, or doing business at gun shows, online, or from anywhere.
Q&A: Obama’s expected push for new controls on gun sales Barney Jopson in Washington
Ted Alcorn, research director at Everytown for Gun Safety, a group trying to curb firearms violence, says expanding checks is not just one of the few things the president could do — it is one of his best policy options. “When we think about how to reduce gun violence in the US, we and other groups aren’t focused on the hardware, we’re focused on people who are at high risk of committing firearms crimes,” he says. Only 1 in 1,000 of the 300m-odd guns in the US are used in a crime in any given year, he says, and his group is happy to not worry about the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners.
State focus and infusion of funding buoy gun control advocates
Mr. Obama said the failure to pass gun control legislation after the Connecticut tragedy was one of the biggest disappointments of his presidency, and gun control advocates said the jolt from that rejection made them realize that changes were all but impossible in Congress. After that defeat, “we took a step back, and we realized we had to go state by state,” said John Feinblatt, the president of the Everytown group...Mr. Feinblatt said Everytown was changing the nature of the debate.
N.B.A. lends its name and its stars to campaign against gun violence
The N.B.A. said it held little internal debate about working with Mr. Bloomberg’s group. “We know far too many people who have been caught up in gun violence in this country,” said Kathleen Behrens, the league’s president of social responsibility and player programs. “And we can do something about it.”
With U.S. vulnerable to terror, close the gun law loophole
After 9/11, our leaders pledged the government’s full resources – economic, military, intelligence, law enforcement – in protecting us from terror. Now, after San Bernardino, it’s past time to recognize the serious potential for more terrorists to exploit one of our most glaring weaknesses. Shoring up that weakness is an idea that has bipartisan support in Congress. The Obama administration and presidential candidates from both parties support it, too. We can have both freedom and safety. As we’ve done for decades already, we can balance a respect for the Constitution with the reasonable regulation of gun sales. Without violating anyone’s rights, we can better defend our security – and block suspected terrorists from buying guns.
The Alarming, unprecedented views of Justices Thomas and Scalia on the Second Amendment
Of course, sharp disagreements—and sharp words—among Supreme Court justices are routine. But the substance of Thomas and Scalia’s position is alarming. Under their view of the Second Amendment, the government is powerless to enforce restrictions on even the most dangerous firearms once manufacturers of those guns capture a modest share of the market. For Scalia and Thomas, it violates the constitution for the government to impose restrictions on a weapon that is in “common use” among a relatively small segment of the population—even if the restrictions allow citizens to own countless guns, and to legally use them for armed self-defense and other lawful purposes.
After Sandy Hook, we’ll never be silent on guns again
Since Sandy Hook, six states have passed background check laws. In 2015, nine states have enacted legislation to protect victims of domestic violence by keeping guns out of the hands of their abusers. We're playing defense, too: this year we helped defeat 64 gun lobby priority bills, including bills that would have forced guns into schools and bills that would have let people carry concealed, loaded handguns in public with no permit and no training. The NRA used to have the statehouses to themselves, but no more. Moms are sending a clear message that we will be there each and every time a gun lobbyist attempts to pick apart important gun laws that protect our families and communities.
Most Americans think shootings are now the norm: poll
71% of Americans believe that shootings and random acts of violence are now a permanent part of American life, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech mass shooting, joins to discuss.
Guest column: Supreme lesson for legislators in gun control
Now we just need our elected officials to listen. With huge bi-partisan majorities in favor of common-sense solutions like comprehensive background checks, and with the daily drumbeat of reports on the horrifying toll of American gun violence, the time is long past due to move beyond simply offering thoughts and prayers to the victims of gun violence. It is time for action.
In Wake of Shootings, a Familiar Call to Arms Drives Latest Jump in Weapon Sales
“We need to close the loopholes that make it easy for dangerous people to get guns, and that means doing background checks on all gun sales and closing the terror gap,” Ms. Soto Lamb said, referring to a loophole that allows people on the government’s terrorist watch list to buy guns and explosives from licensed dealers.
Don’t believe the hype: Common-sense gun laws work
There is no one thing that can stop every instance of gun violence in our country – California, after all, is one of the 18 states that requires background checks on all handgun sales. But it is simply not true that gun laws don’t make us all safer. The evidence is clear that common-sense laws keep guns away from dangerous people and save lives. Everytown for Gun Safety research shows us that In states that require background checks, there are 52% fewer mass shootings, 46% fewer women shot to death by intimate partners, and 48% fewer law enforcement officers killed with handguns.
Father of UCSB student killed in 2014 attack angered, saddened by ‘yet another mass shooting’ after San Bernardino massacre
I hear over and over that this issue is impossible to win. That nothing has happened since the mass killing at Sandy Hook nearly three years ago. That nothing happened after Isla Vista. But this is simply untrue. Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - and our more than three million members have won legislative battles and passed common-sense gun laws in states across the country. In those states, legislators and citizens have chosen public safety over the gun lobby's agenda.
Clinton makes gun control a defining cause
“The opening we had was Aurora,” said Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, referring to the 2012 Colorado movie theater shooting in which 12 people were killed. The issue came up in one debate between Obama and Mitt Romney, she said, “but it was a blip, and there was a lot of push for that blip. Compared to this time around, it’s night and day. Since Aurora, there have been 68 mass shootings, according to Everytown. The rampage on Wednesday counted as the 21st mass shooting of 2015, Soto Lamb said.
Gun safety is a women’s issue: Majority of mass shooters kill spouses, partners, and family
“We are heartbroken, shocked and furious as yet another mass shooting unfolds in America,” Erika Soto Lamb, the chief communication officer for Everytown for Gun Safety, tells Glamour. “it’s outrageous that the phrase “yet another mass shooting” [is a] part of the American vocabulary.” Soto Lamb adds that while “we pray for victims and their families, we must also act. As we have said too many times before and will continue to say, thought and prayers—particularly from our lawmakers—are simply not enough.”
Grassroots Gun Control
When it came to a vote, both measures sailed through the legislature with about a 2:1 advantage, ushering the open carry of handguns into law and making Texas the eighth state to permit concealed weapons on college campuses. But a small victory for Moms Demand Action came in the form of an eleventhhour amendment allowing colleges to carve out some gun-free zones, a concession that amounted to an abject failure for hard-line gun-rights advocates. For the Texas moms, progress is measured not so much in moving forward as in not moving backward.
How often do mass shootings occur? On average, every day, records show
Ted Alcorn, the research director for Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization that advocates gun control, said the shootings with multiple victims were a tiny subset of everyday gun violence in America. “You have 14 people dead in California, and that’s a horrible tragedy,” he said. “But likely 88 other people died today from gun violence in the United States.”
Gun purchases legal for those on US terror watchlists
Jonas Oransky, legal counsel at Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that advocates for stricter gun laws, sees the lawful gun sales now permitted to terror suspects as a big enough threat to require federal action. “The terror gap poses an unacceptable danger to public safety and should be closed immediately,” he told Al Jazeera.
’Moms Demand Action’ group campaigns for gun laws
"When we look at the inaction of our Congress and our state officials after the gun murders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School – and so many since then – we need to be outraged," said Morgan, who is the spokesperson for Moms Demand Action in Missouri. "We need to be outraged. We need to get to the polls a year from now," said Morgan. "We need to get people out of office who allow gun sale loopholes, lax gun laws and who jeopardize the safety of our children and families."
Why this gun owner wants to take down the NRA
After Sandy Hook, I just got really, really frustrated with Congress. It amazes me still that our representatives wouldn't pass a bill that would have put universal background checks in place, which I think are a really reasonable and small step to move toward a safer gun culture in this country. I was exasperated and looking around for some way to express that and somehow, probably through a friend, was exposed to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Study finds states with background checks have fewer mass shootings
Ted Alcorn, research director at Everytown of Gun Safety, said this was the first time the organization investigated the association between state laws and mass shootings. “State laws have been shown to have an influence on rates of gun violence in a pretty voluminous body of research," Alcorn said. "When we see a state law that prevents people from buying a handgun without a background check at a gun show or online market, and we see a lower rate of mass shootings as a result, I think it’s fair to draw the conclusion that they may be related."
Bloomberg-backed group to present gun proposal to White House
Everytown for Gun Safety, a group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is set to unveil a proposal Thursday, and it says the White House could adopt it without input from Congress. The group's recommendations target laws for sellers who make occasional sales versus those who are said to be engaged in the business -- or rather, gun hobbyists versus gun dealers. "If the threshold for being a 'good' policy is whether it prevents all future gun violence in America, we will never take another step toward making our communities safer, because there is no single solution to this epidemic," Everytown's director of research Ted Alcorn said.
Former Brunswick councilor now campaigns for gun control
“And I don’t know of … any man in my family that does not own a gun,” Sartoris added. But after the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings in 2012, when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, she said the threat of gun violence just felt closer than ever before. “My son was 3 years old when the shooting at Sandy Hook school occurred. … I have older kids, and never once when I took them to elementary school did I have to wonder whether they were safe,” she said. “Now I do.” Sartoris is now the primary organizer in Brunswick for the Maine chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national group that advocates for gun control measures.
The role guns played in Virginia elections
While the gun-safety crowd didn’t take home all the marbles, it clearly is gaining ground. This is, in part, because a lot of money was spent but also because thousands of Virginians were motivated to vote for candidates willing to stand up to the gun lobby. Guns are driving people to the polls, but in a twist on conventional wisdom, the voters heading to the polls are now voting for the candidates looking for ways to reduce gun violence. The gun issue — once considered a political third rail — is becoming safer and safer, and, as Jeremy McPike can attest, is even an issue to run on and win on. In the land of the NRA, that is nothing to sneeze at.
Election day-after: What Virginia vote results mean for governor, 2016
Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control group made a splash at the tail end of the 2015 elections by announcing it was spending $2.2 million in two key open state Senate races to help the Democratic candidates...Stacey Radnor, a spokeswoman for Bloomberg’s group said “gun safety was a winning factor” in helping Jeremy McPike win the open Northern Virginia seat.
Hillary Clinton pledges to make gun control a 'voting issue' for Democrats
“This is a marked change from 2008, when gun safety was largely avoided during the presidential campaign,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety, in a statement. “The political calculus has changed – candidates are now running on gun safety.”
Kindergarteners get gun safety lesson at school
According to Jennifer Hoppe, deputy director of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, the best way to reduce gun deaths among children is to be keep the weapons out of children’s hands altogether. “It’s atrocious to put the onus of gun safety onto children — this is an adult problem,” Hoppe tells Yahoo Parenting. “Every gun that’s gotten into the hands of a child has first been under the control of an adult. A program that tries to dodge that is disingenuous.”
Meet the mom standing up against Florida's new Stand Your Ground bill
For that reason, McBath continues to advocate. She is motivated, she says, by legacy of the work her father did in the civil-rights movement and her exposure to the movement as a child, attending marches and rallies.
“It was important to me to channel my pain and my angst and my anger,” she said. “Because I did receive justice, I have more accountability to help other people in this country receive justice.”
Backed by moms and money, gun-safety group expands its clout
"There is such passion about this because people realize that if they don't act, it could happen to them," said Watts, who formed Moms Demand Action hours after Sandy Hook. "We have become the Mothers Against Drunk Driving for gun safety in a very short amount of time." Everytown's goals include background checks on all firearm purchases, including those at gun shows and over the Internet; laws preventing domestic abusers from possessing guns, legislation it has helped pass in several states; and safe gun storage programs to protect children from deadly accidents.
Bloomberg’s gun-control group bankrolls $1.5 million ad buy in second Va. race
Everytown’s big investment in Virginia reflects not just the stakes of the Senate races for McAuliffe, but the belief among gun-control advocates that their cause has begun to gain steam even in gun-friendly states following high-profile mass shootings, such as the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “Even in the NRA’s backyard, political leaders are standing up against gun lobby interests and pledging to put gun safety, and the safety of Virginians, first,” Everytown President John Feinblatt said in a prepared statement. “The political calculus has changed and this is what Virginians and Americans expect our elected leaders to do to prevent gun violence.”
Poll finds Missoula favors background checks on gun sales
The polling results were released by the Montana Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group is part of Everytown for Gun Safety – the nation’s largest organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in America. “Montana suffers from disproportionate levels of gun deaths, and that’s why it’s imperative we work together to make our state safer for everyone – but we must start right here at home in Missoula,” said Heidi Kendall with the Montana chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Background checks have proven to be effective in reducing gun violence.”
The other gun lobby
They vow this time is different. They're no longer a loose patchwork of grass-roots groups that emerge after the latest mass shooting -- only to get outspent by the NRA's war chest, their hopes for "common sense" gun measures dashed. This time, they have the backing of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his $50 million donation. They are Everytown for Gun Safety, which in 2014 brought under one umbrella Bloomberg's two previous gun groups, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Hillary Clinton's thrashing of Bernie Sanders shows how far the politics have shifted on one major issue
"We can't overstate how much of a sea change that is American politics, given how guns have been previously been portrayed as a third rail. Last night's debate shows how far the gun safety movement has come in the last few years," Erika Soto Lamb, the communications director for group Everytown for Gun Safety, told Business Insider.”
Gun Control Advocates Eye a New Strategy: Taking Firearms Dealers to Court
“Does this lawsuit immediately make it easy to sue a gun dealer?” said Adam Skaggs, senior counsel for Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group. “No. But I think it’s focused people’s attention on this federal immunity law. And we’ll continue to see lawsuits because it’s not an uncommon occurrence that these sorts of sales occur within a small percentage of rogue gun dealers that don’t follow the law.”
Your democratic debate cheat sheet
"The fact that they’ve even put them on the table is a huge step forward," Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told us. The dozens of school shootings that have happened since the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings are part of a crisis, and most Americans support more regulations. The Democratic candidates aren't going to win the support of the NRA, so expect them to talk about increasing mental health care and background checks.”
Gun industry loses major court battle, ordered to pay millions
“Congress has seen it fit to essentially erect blanket immunity for the gun industry,” Adam Skaggs, senior counsel at Everytown for Gun Safety, told ThinkProgress. “Under most circumstances, it’s almost impossible to bring a lawsuit like this against gun sellers.”
One issue is virtually guaranteed to take center stage at the debate
"I worked here in 2012, and I know how hard it was to get the candidates to address gun violence," Erika Soto Lamb, the communications director for the group Everytown for Gun Safety, told Business Insider earlier this year. "The candidates have been talking about guns far more than they did then." CNN, which is hosting the contest, posted a video on its Facebook post soliciting questions. As of Monday night, the two most popular responses came from two family members of victims of violent shootings, both of whom are advocates associated with Everytown. "My mom, Dawn, was the Principal of Sandy Hook School. She was shot and killed along with 25 others almost 3 years ago," Erica Lafferty Smegielski said in a comment that has garnered over 1,500 likes. "What do you think are the top three things the next President needs to do in order to make sure fewer families have to go through the pain that mine has?"
7 tough questions progressives want answered at the Democratic presidential debate
This question was actually pointed out to ThinkProgress by Everytown For Gun Safety, a group advocating gun control. Erica asked it on CNN’s Facebook page when the network asked the public to provide questions to ask the Democratic candidates during the debate. Andy Parker, the father of on-air reporter Alison Parker who was killed by a gunman earlier this year, separately asked if candidates would work to require background checks for all gun sales. “We want all the candidates, from all parties, to tell us what they will do to prevent the gun violence that kills 88 Americans every day and injures hundreds more,” Everytown spokesperson Stacey Radnor said.
Julianne Moore launches gun safety campaign: ‘This is my responsibility as a parent’
Joining forces with Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the U.S., Moore is now launching the Everytown Creative Council, which includes members of the creative community who support gun violence prevention. "As actors, we are citizens first so we believe in the Constitution and the Second Amendment," Moore says. "But 92 percent of the people in the United States are in favor of background checks, too, so I don't feel like I'm in the minority. I definitely feel like I'm in the majority here."
Mass shootings unlikely to sway 2016 presidential race
Colin Goddard — the group’s senior policy advocate and a wounded survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings that killed 32 and injured 17 — expressed more optimism that politicians will start putting up a stronger front for regulation. He said they would find support among “single-issue” voters. “The gun lobby has done a good job of making this thing black and white: You’re pro-gun or anti-gun. The new American majority that’s waking up is realizing that you can be both for the Second Amendment and for keeping guns away from dangerous people,” Goddard said. He argued that the language of the debate disadvantages advocates for stricter regulation. For example, he said that when presented with the terms “background checks” or “gun trafficking,” more people say they support regulation than they do when the question uses the phrase “gun control.”
Understanding the tangled politics of guns, from Obama to the NRA
Ted Alcorn, the research director for Everytown for Gun Safety, said on C-SPAN this year that the "NRA has done a great job ensuring that the gun rights of Americans are protected" and that he didn't see that as incompatible with Everytown's work to "keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people." Everytown has played a big role in changing gun laws, at least in blue states. The group's chief backer, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, said last year that he'd spend $50 million fighting for tighter gun laws. He's trying to capture some of the grass-roots fervor that fuels the NRA. Everytown helped fund the initiative that expanded background checks in Washington state last year. The group also helped expand the Democratic majority in the Oregon Senate –giving supporters the votes needed to pass a similar bill here this year.
Moms and guns
A group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, was formed after the Newtown carnage. It’s a good counter to the creepy cultists of the gun culture. Their best appeal is likely to be one of reason to the hearts of fellow mothers, rather than to heartless politicians at the legislative level.
Sandy Hook victim daughter calls Ben Carson ‘insensitive’ for Oregon reaction
“Ben Carson’s comments are insensitive to anyone who has ever been personally affected by gun violence,” Lafferty said in a statement emailed to the Guardian. “Are gun extremists in this country so morally bankrupt that their solution to ending school shootings is asking kindergarten teachers to be trained in how to attack a gunman? “My mother was an elementary school principal, not a marine who signed up to be on the frontlines of a shootout.” Twenty children, all aged six or seven, and six school teachers and staff were killed at Sandy Hook, in Newtown, Connecticut. Lafferty is active in Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit group to end gun violence founded in 2014.”
Gun control in Texas is not a lost cause. Here's what you can do.
One is Chasse, a mother of two from West Houston whose husband is an avid hunter. She was moved by what happened at Sandy Hook to become the area's lead volunteer with the Texas chapter of a national group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. On the notion that gun safety advocacy is futile in Texas, Chasse set me straight. "Absolutely not. It's not a lost cause," she said. "A lot of Texans are sick and tired of being told just to pray and send their thoughts out after every mass shooting incident."
Map: America has had 142 school shootings since 2013
For that reason, Everytown's map is best understood as a map illustrating the threat guns pose to schools in addition to their toll. Moreover, many of the cases of fatal shootings or injuries on the map aren't like those of Columbine or Newtown. Often, they're a result of arguments between romantic partners or friends. This speaks to why, according to gun researchers, the mere presence of many guns makes society more dangerous. When people routinely carry deadly weapons, the chances of emotionally charged conversations spiraling out of control are substantially higher.
Here's What Gun Control Advocates Are Doing to Prevent the Next Oregon
With federal approaches repeatedly stalled, Watts pointed to greater success at the local level. "We've been fighting on the ground for three years," said Watts. "I think this is very quickly becoming a single-issue vote for women and mothers in this country." In areas where gun control advocates have been blocked by hostile legislatures or governors, the fight has been taken directly to the people in the form of ballot initiatives. Watts cited her group's role in a successful 2014 ballot initiative in Washington state, which mandated universal background checks for almost any firearm sold in the state. The measure passed with nearly 60% support from voters. Moms Demand Action, which spearheaded much of the signature campaign, often assumes the difficult and expensive groundwork.
Gun safety group sees room to reinforce existing laws
The group, Everytown for Gun Safety, writes that Mr. Obama could help protect potential gun victims from attackers, especially in cases of domestic abuse, by encouraging five relatively small changes to the way the federal and state governments interpret laws that are already on the books. “The White House can take steps today to keep dangerous people with guns out of our schools, to keep convicted domestic abusers from possessing guns, to crack down on trafficking and to help federal law enforcement and states enforce the laws on the books that keep criminals from getting guns,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety. Mr. Feinblatt reiterated Mr. Obama’s call for Congress to enact tougher laws. But he said the administration could carry out his group’s recommendations without action in the gridlocked Congress.
Don’t give up on gun safety
We refuse to let school shootings become an acceptable reality, and we will stop at nothing until our political leaders in Congress and in statehouses across the country stop asking students and teachers to stand up to gunmen so they don’t have to stand up to the gun lobby. The rhetoric that nothing can be done is tired and wrong and pathetic. Obviously no one law will prevent every episode of gun violence, but we have a moral imperative to do more to protect our children from weak gun laws. And we will not let our children fall prey to gun laws dictated by the gun lobby that works toward putting more guns in more places with no questions asked. We must act to stop this carnage.
Andy Parker: Oregon shooting shows we are at war
Of course we have no way of knowing whether a bill like this would have made a difference in my daughter's case, in the incident yesterday, or in the cases of the almost daily occurrences of gun violence. We don't know if the family was aware of a problem. Nor do we know whether removing firearms would have just prompted him to use something else. But we do know that we must have an open and honest discussion in this country about what we can do as a people to reduce the number of victims of gun violence. Only through engagement in a meaningful and honest dialogue can we hope to find a solution. But I do not underestimate our enemy. We are at war in this country for the answers, and we must win – whatever it takes.
Gun-control advocates hope recent wins signal changing tide
"We are seeing it again and again, that this is actually a winning issue and you can vote to protect the American public and make the American public safe, and your political career will flourish," said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group backed by...Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor. Gun-rights supporters scoff at the idea that their political power is eroding. While gun control advocates have notched a string of successes since the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, they've come largely in battleground or left-leaning states. Changes at the national level have stalled. And conservative states have gone toward fewer gun restrictions.
The Loneliest Club
“They call themselves "Everytown for Gun Safety." Thursday they made their voices heard on Capitol Hill. Before that they agreed to join CNN's Brooke Baldwin for a town hall Wednesday evening at the Newseum. They brought with them photographs of children whose lives were cut short. Husbands who loved life but died too soon. Moms who will always be missed. "It's like a family reunion, honestly," says Caren Teves, whose son Alex was shot and killed while protecting his girlfriend during the Aurora movie theater massacre. "Every time we get together there are new faces, and we want this to stop. Our personal families are shrinking but this family is growing."”
Bay City-area residents join Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America effort
Since Bearden has joined Moms Demand Action, she thinks her stance on the issues has grown from where it started. "At first, I was thinking about the appropriate place to have guns," Bearden said. "I think my passion has evolved. I'm more passionate about keeping guns out of the hands of felons and the mentally ill and closing the loopholes in the background-check system." She said she hopes the work she and the other members do helps make a difference in the community. "I would just urge our elected officials to enact legislation that would keep our children safe."
Moms Are Committed to Doing 'Whatever It Takes' to End This Scourge That Threatens Our Families
On September 10, Moms, survivors, and supporters will descend upon Washington, D.C., to #DemandAVote and tell our leaders and lawmakers that they must take action to end this crisis. We're also planning gatherings in communities across the country to reclaim our everyday spaces -- like houses of worship, movie theaters, workplaces and in their homes -- from the grip of gun violence. I think I speak for many American moms and dads when I say the unceasing gun violence this summer has left me angry and scared. Every day, I shed tears because I'm worried about the safety of my children. My husband, John, tells me the gun violence prevention work I do clouds my judgment -- that we're safe and our five children will be okay.
My daughter was killed on live television. I will do whatever it takes to end gun violence.
In recent years we have witnessed similar tragedies unfold on TV: the shooting of a congresswoman in Arizona, the massacre of schoolchildren in Connecticut and of churchgoers in South Carolina. We have to ask ourselves: What do we need to do to stop this insanity? In my case, the answer is: “Whatever it takes.” I plan to devote all of my strength and resources to seeing that some good comes from this evil. I am entering this arena with open eyes. I realize the magnitude of the force that opposes sensible and reasonable safeguards on the purchase of devices that have a single purpose: to kill.
Andy Parker, welcome to the parents of children killed by guns club: Column
It's too late to save Christopher's life, but with the new California law in place now, we can prevent future shooting where the gunman exhibits clear, dangerous red flags and a judge signs off on removing an individual's guns before they do great damage. Your words will inspire thousands of people to do “whatever it takes” to make sure that “Not One More” family has to experience the pain that we have endured. It’s painful to welcome another father into this club, but I know that together we can keep up the momentum. Too many have died. We can save lives.
Virginia Tech survivor: The gun lobby's foolish answer
The truth is, elected officials who aren't willing to take action want these events to recede from the headlines so they can return to the status quo of not standing up to the gun lobby. It's time for all Americans to come together and ask our lawmakers, "Do you side with the overwhelming number of Americans who support basic gun safety measures or do you side with the gun lobby?" For the sake of the many Americans whose lives were destroyed during this cruel summer of gun violence -- while doing their jobs, enjoying a night out at the movies, or praying in their house of worship -- we demand that political leaders side the right way and take action to end this crisis.
Gun death turns into America’s bloodiest reality TV show
“We talk constantly about how shootings like this seem to happen every day,” Erika Soto Lamb of Everytown was saying a couple of hours after Alison Parker, reporter for WDBJ7, the CBS affiliate serving the Roanoke-Lynchburg area, and Adam Ward, her cameraman, became the latest victims of gun violence in America. “But now people get to see what it looks like and hear what it sounds like. It isn’t just more statistics, more people added to the death toll. There’s video this time.”
Valerie, Shayley, Samantha, Sharon, Monique, Zina and Jitka
As we get closer to the 2016 elections, we must remember lawmakers’ refusal to fix the lax laws that led to the murders of Valerie, Shayley, Samantha, Sharon, Monique, Zina and Jitka. For far too long, members of Congress have prioritized their NRA rating and campaign contributions over people’s lives. Gun violence is killing our mothers, daughters and sisters. Using our voices and votes, women must demand lawmakers put women and children first and act to end America’s epidemic of domestic gun violence.
Don’t let the NRA set policy on guns and mental health
Now, with Americans increasingly appalled at the fact that people can slip through the cracks of the background check system and buy guns, the NRA’s lobbyists propose a fix – but, perhaps so they can sell the bill to their no-compromise allies, they’re simultaneously trying to limit its effectiveness. There are better proposals that actually strengthen the background check system. We can extend background checks to the unlicensed, private sales done at gun shows. We can extend them to gun sales online, where hundreds of thousands of guns are bought and sold basically anonymously every year. We can also add more mental health records to the system, without invalidating other records at the same time.
Lawmakers should have the courage to keep guns out of schools
But until our elected officials act to change existing laws, Michigan schools across the state will be powerless to keep guns out of our schools. That's why Moms Demand Action is urging lawmakers to pass a bill to prohibit guns in schools — whether carried openly or concealed (which currently is prohibited). Enacting this legislation will keep our children safe and avoid the stress, terror, and disruption of school lockdowns caused by open carry incidents that interfere with the safety and peace of mind of students, educators and parents.
Texas Murders Expose Fatal Link Between Gun Sales Loopholes and Domestic Violence
The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the likelihood that the women will be killed by 500 percent; in states that require background checks on all handgun sales, 46 percent fewer women are killed, according to Soto Lamb. Which is why Everytown for Gun Safety, as well as numerous other advocate groups, are so focused on lobbying for laws to close the loopholes around online gun sales and background checks. “The tragedy in Houston is an example of what happens when we don’t make it hard for dangerous people to get guns. We know criminals are going online to get guns — it’s an easy way to arm themselves without having to go through a background check.”... Soto Lamb says, the majority of mass shootings are actually domestic violence related. “Movie theaters and churches get more news coverage — but mass shootings are happening all the time across the country…but they’re happening in people’s homes. Women are getting killed, children are getting killed.”
Valley Voice: Mass shootings show failings of laws
Shouldn’t we be able to feel safe in movie theaters, at church, at the mall, and at school, living our lives without ducking from gunfire? This is not the kind of America I want to live in, and I bet you don’t either. Our political leaders have asked for thoughts and prayers, but that’s not enough. It’s long past time for them to take action to keep guns away from criminals and other dangerous people. Our elected officials should act, to begin with, by closing these dangerous loopholes
Lafayette shooting highlights failures of gun background check laws
In 11 states, there are no laws that require or permit record reporting, according to an Everytown for Gun Safety report from May 2014. This report cautions that states that do report this information are not nearly as comprehensive as they should be… Sara Cusimano, the volunteer leader of Louisiana’s chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said that “Louisiana is the most dangerous state in the country when it comes to gun violence”. “Let’s keep holding other states accountable for their lax gun laws – but let’s also take a good, hard look in the mirror and consider how Louisiana can put the safety of Louisianans ahead of gun lobby interests right here at home."
Failing legislative action, gun law reform groups target retailers
The South Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, delivered Tuesday’s petitions as part of a nationwide campaign calling on retailers not to allow gun sales until background checks are complete. “We’ve seen too many times that it just takes one gun in the wrong hands to wreak havoc and change lives forever,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown. “That’s why we’re calling on Congress to step up and put public safety ahead of the interests of the gun lobby. We are paying for these lax gun laws with American lives.”
Did gun law loopholes enable Charleston and Chattanooga?
Moms are asking the rest of the nation's largest gun retailers to close this Charleston loophole with our #NoCheckNoSale campaign. First up: Cabela's. In just a few days, we've already gathered more than 100,000 petition signatures, generated nearly 1,000 calls into Cabela's and have taken to social media to spread the word about the retailer's policy. When customers speak up, retailers have an obligation to listen. After tragedies such as Charleston and Chattanooga, as the details unfold about how something so horrible happened, it's easy to fall into the trap of hypotheticals -- the what if we had done something differently. The truth is we cannot change the past, but we can demand a safer tomorrow.
FBI chief says [gunman] shouldn't have been able to buy gun
John Feinblatt, president of the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, said allowances for the sale of weapons even when background checks are not completed represent a "deadly flaw'' in the system. "If you don't pass a background check, you should not pass go and you should not be able to collect a gun,'' Feinblatt said.
Child's death raises issues of gun safety, criminal prosecution
As far as safe storage, though, Texas laws are among the strongest, said Adam Skaggs, senior counsel for the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. According to the state's penal code, someone may be charged with a misdemeanor if a child accesses a readily dischargeable firearm that the person either failed to secure or left somewhere he or she knew or should have known the child would gain access. Ten other states have similar laws on the books, and three states and the District of Columbia criminalize the careless storage of a gun that a child "may" or "is likely to" access, according to Everytown's 2014 report on child gun fatalities.
16 Powerful images of gun violence survivors: Let’s listen to what they have to say
In honor of that chilling statistic, two gun safety groups -- Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America -- have put together a photo tribute series. Not of politicians stumping for gun control laws or graphic crime scenes, but of survivors. Survivors of mass shootings. Survivors of random acts of gun violence. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters of victims -- and victims themselves -- they've all have taken the pledge, "Not one more." The people featured here "are a powerful reminder of why moms around the country are fighting to reduce gun violence in America," says Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action. "Despite the pain they have endured personally, they all have pledged to fight so no other American experiences what they have."
New Oklahoma laws target gun safety, ridesharing programs
Oklahoma is one of just eight states that reported fewer than 100 cases of dangerously mentally ill people to the NICS since 2011, with just 26 individuals reported, according to a recent analysis of FBI data by New York-based Everytown for Gun Safety. Jonas Oransky, a policy attorney for Everytown, said he believes that will change once Oklahoma's new law takes effect. Oransky notes it already is illegal for these individuals to own a gun, but their mental status is not being reported to a database that would prevent them from buying a firearm from a gun shop or dealer. "The issue is that the prohibition is only as good as the background check system," Oransky said.
Armed with strollers and hashtags, activist aiming for gun reform in Nevada
What’s causing the mass shootings in this country is unbelievable access to guns in this country. There are a lot of things we know that could work. We just passed in California a law that’s basically a gun violence restraining order. If you believe someone is dangerous, their guns can be taken away for a certain amount of time. We can replicate those laws around the country. There are a number of things. At the end of the day, the No. 1 way to save lives is background checks.
People of faith are rising for Charleston
As a person of faith, a gun violence survivor and a volunteer with Everytown for Gun Safety, I am #RisingForCharleston — taking part in a national effort to pray, heal and take action to reduce gun violence in the United States. This upcoming weekend, people of faith across the country will rise for Charleston — and for the 88 Americans who die and hundreds of others who are injured every day from gun violence. We'll do it together, in honor of those killed and injured at the Emanuel AME Church, and all those hundreds of thousands of loved ones who have been killed or injured by guns in America. We'll do it to call on our elected officials to be the leaders we deserve and work for a future free from gun violence.
Education is key to reducing accidental child shootings, groups say
Michelle Mueller, volunteer chapter leader with the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action, said her group was formed in 2012 after the fatal school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and their message centers around educating adults about responsible gun ownership to prevent more unintentional shootings involving children. “These are not accidents, they are preventable tragedies. The reality is that more than 2 million American children live in homes with unsecured guns and that once every 36 hours, a child unintentionally fires a gun and harms someone. That is unacceptable. As adults, we need to be responsible for gun safety,” Mueller said. Through the BeSMART program, the group is asking adults to protect children by storing guns locked, unloaded and separately from ammunition and by making sure children are never in the presence of unsecured guns.
My son was murdered in the Isla Vista shooting. I’m spending this Father’s Day telling his story
The gun lobby has gotten away with successfully pushing dangerous legislation for decades. But, things have changed: California passed a new red-flag law last year, AB 1014, which will allow family members and law enforcement to ask a judge to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if they have documented evidence that that person poses a serious threat to themselves or others. In Florida, with the help of students, moms and law enforcement, we defeated six separate bills that would have forced colleges to allow guns on campus and allowed guns in K-12 schools. It was the NRA’s top priority this year in that state. In Oregon, lawmakers just passed a background check bill to finally close the loophole that allows guns to be sold with no questions asked. The victory came just six months after voters in Washington state passed background checks by ballot measure.
Mother of Jordan Davis on Charleston, gun violence: Don’t just weep, fight
Yet, what my experience tells me again and again is that Americans must come together across faith, race and political beliefs and find common ground to change America’s gun culture. First we kneel in prayer. Then we must stand. We can fill our churches, temples and mosques this weekend to worship in solidarity with all the survivors of gun violence. We can urge our faith leaders to help rebuild families and communities. Then we will demand that our lawmakers do more to strengthen our weak gun laws that allow guns to fall into dangerous hands too often in this country. For Jordan. For Charleston. For 88 Americans every day.
Charleston mayor calls for stricter gun laws after church shooting
“Advocates working to end gun violence in South Carolina say the Charleston shooting shows that much stricter laws are necessary. “South Carolina needs to focus on keeping guns out of dangerous hands, which would help prevent future tragedies,” Sylvie Dessau, the state chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said in a statement released Wednesday. “It’s time we stand up for the safety of South Carolinians and work to reduce gun violence that continues to claim too many lives across the state.” South Carolina law has no requirements for registration or permitting for any weapons, except for carrying handguns. In a state with stricter gun laws, Roof would have needed to obtain a permit to legally receive and possess a firearm as a gift, according to William Rosen, a lawyer with Everytown, a national gun control lobby. Rosen praised the recently passed South Carolina legislation, which prohibits abusers from purchasing weapons, even before a conviction, while they are under a restraining order. “Certainly that law was a step in the right direction,” he said.”
Don't Let the Charleston Shooting Be Lost in the 24-Hour News Cycle. America Is Better Than That
In honor of Sen. Pickney, and as we head into a weekend that is usually meant for celebrating with the dads in our lives, I urge everyone: Don't let the Charleston shooting be lost in the 24-hour news cycle. America is better than that. I cannot help but think of the words and the passion of my close friend, Richard Martinez. Richard should be playing basketball with his son Christopher today as they had so often in the past, but Christopher was shot and killed at a deli in Isla Vista last year. This Father's Day, Richard will strap on armbands given to him by other gun violence survivors, including one that says "Not One More," a passionate cry he made after Christopher's death, which inspired so many to take action.
Organization attempts to stem number of child shootings; 6 in Georgia this year
Everytown for Gun Safety and a partnering group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have compiled the data from each state for a “Be SMART” public education campaign. “This campaign is not anti-gun, it’s pro-gun safety. The goal here is not to scare people or take away anyone’s rights, but rather to demonstrate that we have the power to help prevent these tragedies before they happen,” said Savannah resident Lindsey Free-Donovan, who heads the Georgia chapter for Moms Demand Action.
Jennifer Boylan: Let's reduce threat from guns in R.I.
There is broad support from Rhode Island parents and educators to keep loaded, concealed guns out of our state’s public and private primary and secondary schools. To date, 15 Rhode Island school committees and two independent schools have signed a No Guns in School Resolution, and more are slated to vote on this resolution in the coming weeks. Students and educators have a right to feel safe at school. No one but law enforcement and trained school resource officers should be armed in schools.
I hope those who were in Providence last week had an opportunity to view our beautiful State House bathed in orange. Please support our collaborative efforts to reduce gun violence by urging legislators to support common-sense firearms bills this month for a safer Rhode Island.
Open carry law approved despite concerns of Texans
We’re not naïve. Even without the spectacle of a self-described “good guy with a gun” losing his pickles in Abilene, we know that many of the over 30,000 deaths from firearms in America each year begin as a simple disagreement or a disregard for manners that turns fatal in the presence of a firearm. And so, after the passage of open carry in Texas, we’re left right back where we started: with a pit in our stomach when that gun guy walks into the neighborhood Kroger. When those rifle-bearers stroll past the playground. When that pistol-packer stops for a moment in front of the high school.
Before voting on gun bill, listen to the survivors
We know that repealing background checks has deadly consequences. After Missouri repealed its background checks law in 2007, there was a 25 percent spike in the state’s homicide rate, which is now the fifth highest in the country. That is not what we want for North Carolina, which is why 87 percent of likely voters in our state support background checks on all gun sales.
NRA's remedy for gun violence: more guns
In fact, more than 90% of college presidents and faculty oppose guns on campus, and nearly 90% of police chiefs and about 80% of students don't want guns on campus, either. State lawmakers across the country are rejecting the "guns everywhere" argument as well. In this year alone, legislators have defeated gun lobby-backed "campus-carry" bills in 14 states so far. They have also shot down "K-12 carry" bills in 15 states. Tennessee, Montana and Wyoming -- along with other states with long traditions of hunting and responsible gun ownership -- all have drawn the line when it comes to allowing concealed guns at K-12 schools and forcing colleges to allow guns on campus.
Code orange in North Carolina for moms vs. guns
Unfortunately, common sense has nothing to do with guns in the United States. The nation has almost as many guns as people. There are four times more federally licensed firearms dealers and pawnbrokers in the United States than there are places to buy a McDonald’s hamburger. In 2013, 33,836 people in the United States died from gunshots, including suicides. Thirty-seven of the victims were under 5 years old. The U.S. is the only country that responds to mass murders by buying more guns and loosening guns laws.