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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.

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