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.
Guns on campus bill passes in Texas, but gun activists are not happy
"The bill that passed in Texas was a significantly watered-down version of the original and the compromise gives universities broad discretion to keep their communities safe by deciding where and when it is appropriate to allow guns on campus," said Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman for the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. "Given the political climate in Texas, this was a major victory for gun sense. And is just the latest evidence of how we are changing the game when it comes to gun politics in statehouses across the country."
#WearingOrange Is More Than Just a Hashtag
Here at Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, we are painting the country orange, day after day. From recent jumps forward in places like Oregon where lawmakers just passed a background check bill to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals to Texas where we saw drastic improvements made to a bill that would have forced guns onto college campuses, we are making our voices heard in statehouses across the country. And we are giving people the tools to keep their kids safe from unintentional shootings through Be SMART, our new public education campaign asking gun owners and non-gun owners alike to come together to reduce the number of unintentional shootings, suicides, and homicides that occur when firearms are not stored responsibly and children or teens get ahold of a gun. By working day in and day out to prevent the tragedy of lives cut short by gun violence, we are honoring all of those affected by gun violence, many of whom I've met through Moms Demand Action. For me, this is one of the most powerful and humbling reasons I wear orange.
Why I chose to forgive my friend’s murderer
All of the founding members took this awareness and their activism with them when they went to college. I started my freshman year at Columbia University this fall where I am studying economics. I was in New York when I received a text from Chris Kocher at Everytown for Gun Safety. He wanted to meet me. We met at The Hungarian Pastry Shop, a popular place among college students. There, I told him about Project Orange. I told him about Hadiya. And he told me he wanted to help. Everytown for Gun Safety adopted our organization's mission to help us take it to a national level. Today is the first annual #WearOrange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day. It is also Hadiya's birthday. She would have turned 18. I miss H-Kat and all the things she would have accomplished, and I am #wearingorange for her.
Even This Gun-Totin' Texan Mom Is Demanding Gun Control
Just this Monday, our very own Texas House of Representatives accepted a resolution to mark June 2 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day, as part of the Wear Orange campaign, which amplifies existing efforts to reduce gun violence in the U.S. and helps honor the 88 Americans whose lives are cut short by gun violence every day. Wear Orange and National Gun Violence Awareness Day was inspired by a group of Chicago teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of their slain friend, Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teenager who was fatally gunned down while hanging out with friends in a South Side park just days after performing at the inaugural events for President Obama. She would have turned 18 today. Orange is a color that hunters wear to keep themselves, and others, safe from harm.
Movement started by Hadiya Pendleton's friends spawns national Wear Orange campaign
..On June 2 — which would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday — the first national “Wear Orange” campaign will see members of Congress, mayors across the country and some 50 anti-gun violence groups join celebrities such as Russell Simmons, Julianne Moore, Sarah Silverman and Alyssa Milano in wearing orange or turning websites orange to promote gun violence awareness. “They were 100 percent the inspiration for this. I was absolutely captivated, fascinated and inspired by what these young people in Chicago started with Project Orange Tree,” said Jason Rzepka, cultural engagement director of Everytown for Gun Safety, a New York-based nonprofit founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the late Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
Guest commentary: Gun control measure with wide support
Keeping guns out of domestic abusers’ hands is common sense. In fact, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Rhode Island Moms Demand Action recently released a poll showing that 80 percent of Rhode Islanders favor legislation to prohibit domestic abusers from having guns. Thankfully, Senate bill S-503 and its companion bill, H-5655 in the House, would do just that. Unfortunately, there are some who believe that protecting victims of domestic abuse from gun violence through legislation of this type is “controversial.” The evidence clearly demonstrates that is not the case.
Gun Safety Progress Seen a Year After Santa Barbara Rampage
"I cannot accept the way Chris died, and we have to do more," Martinez says. "How is it that it has become normal in this country that little kids have to be scared of being shot in their elementary school?" Despite what he has been through in the past year, Martinez says he is hopeful. Six states—Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, Delaware and Washington—have expanded background checks beyond the federal mandate to include all firearms sales, including at gun shows and on the Internet, since the 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20 first-graders and six educators were killed by a gunman.
It is way past time for people to get smart about guns in America
Missouri appears to be one of the worst places in the nation for stupid tragedies involving guns. Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America have targeted the Show-Me State as having at least five unintentional shootings involving children. Four resulted in injuries and one in death in 2015. The groups recently launched #NotAnAccident Index the first-of-its-kind interactive map to track unintentional shootings by children. At least 88 child shootings have occurred in the U.S. since the start of 2015, and the year isn’t half over yet. The shootings have resulting in 65 injuries and 25 deaths, the groups reports. That’s an average of one unintentional child shooting in America every 36 hours.
Half Of Cop-Killers In 2013 Were Prohibited From Having A Gun... But Got One Anyway
While Feinblatt, the president of Everytown, told The Huffington Post "no law will make gun violence go away completely," he said Thursday's report highlights yet again how background checks can prevent a significant amount of that gun violence. Officers, he said, are "vulnerable because of the weak gun laws in our country." "Just last week, four police officers in Idaho, Mississippi and New York were murdered by people -- by felons -- who shouldn't have had guns," he said. Feinblatt pointed to a previous report from Everytown that found in states that require background checks for unlicensed sales of handguns, law enforcement officers are 48 percent less likely to be killed with handguns. (That same report also showed that states with expanded background checks see 46 percent fewer women murdered with guns by intimate partners, and 48 percent fewer gun-related suicides.)
Let's separate the abusers from their guns
One in seven of the shooters was federally prohibited from buying and possessing firearms and should have never been able to get their hands on the guns that ultimately killed innocent people. However, many likely had guns due to loopholes in state and federal law that makes it easy for dangerous people to get firearms. Federal law prohibits abusers who are subject to active protection orders from having guns, but Arizona does not have its own laws to enforce this prohibition, such as a law requiring all these abusers to turn in the guns they already own once they become prohibited. As a result, it's all too easy for abusers to maintain access to guns they illegally possess, which can lead to a deadly result for their victims.
Hundreds March Across Brooklyn Bridge for Stricter Gun Laws
Hundreds of men, women and children including fashion designer Donna Karan marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday demanding stricter gun laws and offering a litany of violent stories to show why such laws are needed. Held on the eve of Mother's Day, the third annual march from Brooklyn to Manhattan was organized by the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "Progress is being made, one day at a time," said Abbey Clements, a teacher from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in December 2012. Clements said about 40 percent of all gun sales are completed without a background check. She accused Congress of lacking the courage "to vote on their conscience instead of allowing themselves to be bullied by the gun lobby." But she noted that some states have tightened background check requirements. Connecticut already has strong gun laws, with relatively fewer gun deaths, she said.
Study: Arizona domestic-violence victims die from guns at twice U.S. rate
The Everytown study identified 105 homicides in Arizona in which an intimate partner murdered someone with a firearm; women were the victims in 89 percent of those cases. In addition, 13 percent of the suspects in Arizona domestic-violence homicides were prohibited from having a firearm because of their criminal record or because they had an order of protection against them. In addition, 41 percent of shooters had a previous arrest or conviction, or they had been the subject of an order of protection. "We see a large share of these crimes are committed by a person banned by law from possessing firearms," said Ted Alcorn, Everytown's research director.
Unacceptable: An unintentional child shooting every 36 hours
According to a newly launched index by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America called #NotAnAccident, as of May 4, there have been at least 80 unintentional shootings involving children, resulting in 57 injuries and 24 deaths since January 1, 2015. That’s an average of one unintentional child shooting in America every 36 hours. This is simply unacceptable. Even more tragic, most of these shootings are entirely preventable. Let’s be clear: shootings by children are not inevitable or blameless accidents. When a child—or anyone else—dies or is injured because a gun is left unsecured by an adult, it’s a preventable tragedy due to adult negligence. In fact, our #NotAnAccident index shows that nearly 65% of the unintended deaths we tracked took place in a home or vehicle that belonged to the victim’s family. Nineteen percent took place in the home of a relative or friend of the victim. And more than two-thirds of these tragedies could have been avoided if gun owners stored their guns responsibly. That is why Moms Demand Action is launching Be SMART, a new public education campaign that asks gun owners and non-gun owners alike to come together to reduce the number of unintentional shootings, suicides, and homicides that occur when firearms are not stored responsibly and are accessible by children and teens.
A child shoots someone in the U.S. every 36 hours
At least 79 children in the U.S. unintentionally shot someone with a handgun or rifle during the first four months of this year, killing 24 people and wounding another 56, according to an interactive study published Monday by Everytown For Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America. That figure amounts to an accidental shooting by a child age 17 or under every 36 hours. The findings underscore the grave danger many youngsters face in homes where firearms are not safely stored, say gun control advocates. Everytown estimates that as many as two million American children live in homes where firearms are easily accessible.
Groups glad guns on campus bills died
The voices of moms, students, educators, campus police, and thousands of Floridians have been heard this year, and the message was loud and clear: keep guns out of our schools and off our college campuses," said Chryl Anderson, with the Florida Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "We are thankful that lawmakers listened to the more than 155,000 Everytown supporters in our state, and stood up to the NRA's dangerous agenda. Floridians will be safer as a result."
A call to college students: Prevent gun violence
As Everytown for Gun Safety points out, the state of gun legislation on a national and statewide level leaves us 20 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than citizens of other developed nations. It seems that the presence of guns in homes--cast as a means to ward off criminals from entering--actually encourages domestic violence within. In the United States, American women are 11 times more likely to be killed by a gun than in peer countries. These data points, of course, become more alarming as we control for race, revealing that African-Americans are twice as likely to be killed by gun violence than white Americans. It seems unclear to me, then, whose freedom we are protecting. The type of legislation advocated by Goddard and other activists, it seems, would leave us all safer and freer to live our lives. Fortunately, Goddard is joined by Americans from many walks of life. One of the most active groups in advocating for gun violence prevention legislation has been Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, for example. Relatively quiet among national discourse about gun violence, however, are college students. Although college students are often relegated to passive roles in political discourse, Goddard reminded me why students ought to be at the center of this debate. Goddard's connection with gun violence, after all, began on a college campus.”
As theater shooting trial opens, gun debate dwindles
John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, contended that his side still has momentum on the issue. He said six states, including Colorado, have adopted universal background checks since Newtown. "This would have been unimaginable a few years ago," Feinblatt said. "I think we are actually winning. There have been plenty of high-profile failures for gun control advocates, however. A federal universal background bill couldn't muster the 60 votes necessary in a Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate even in the months after Newtown. And though new gun restrictions have passed in a few states that aren't reliably liberal — Feinblatt pointed to a bill signed last year by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to take guns from people with restraining orders — expanding Republican control over state legislatures has led to a flurry of legislation weakening gun laws.”
Mothers’ group seeks to cut gun violence
Gun violence is a national health crisis. Every day, 88 Americans are killed by guns. Eight are children and teens. About two children per week die from unintentional shootings. Fifty-three people commit suicide by gun every day. More than 31,000 Americans die annually from this scourge. Many were shot but survived: 59,308 were wounded in 2011. Americans are 20 times more likely to die by guns than citizens in other developed nations. Even though California may have strong gun laws, we are not immune. The Desert Sun reported that murders in the Valley doubled in 2014. Many were committed with guns. I am grateful that — after the Santa Barbara murders — advocates worked to pass an important bill that will temporarily keep guns away from those deemed a danger. We can have an impact.
Bloomberg-backed gun control group upping ante to end open carry at Kroger
“Everytown and Moms Demand Action isn’t giving up just yet. On Tuesday, the two groups launched their latest joint effort against the open carrying of guns in Kroger stores, releasing a video ad they’ll promote widely online called Not Allowed. In the video, seen below, a man walks unhindered through supermarket aisles with a large firearm strapped to his back, while other shoppers are stopped for bringing in a dog or water gun…Everytown and Moms Demand Action have also launched a microsite where supporters can enter totals spent on groceries at Kroger competitors. They aim to prove to the retailer that inaction on the issue of open carry is resulting in lost sales.”
Gun Safety Group Holds Rally in Nashville
“Gun violence has changed Richard Martinez forever. "Christopher was our only child,” Martinez said. Martinez is one of the hundreds of members of Moms Demand Action, an organization focused on gun safety and background checks. "I am the mother of Jordan Russell Davis -a young man who was shot and killed,” Lucy McBath said. McBath’s son Jordan was 17. A gunman targeted him in Jacksonville, Florida. The gunman had a 9mm and fired 10 rounds into Jordan’s car. "Simply for playing loud music in his car,” McBath said. With chalk, activists made it clear how they felt about the Tennessee guns in parks bill. "We just don't think that it's an appropriate place for people to carry their guns,” Kathleen Chandler Wright said, spokesperson for Moms Demand Action. Richard Martinez said he’s not against the second amendment. He’s against irresponsibility. “
GOP hopefuls use NRA convention to bolster 2016 presidential platforms
The founder of Moms Demand Action, Shannon Watts, pointed out the irony that one of the venues being used by the NRA for country music concerts this weekend has banned the public from bringing in any guns, while guns on sale in the main exhibition halls must be rendered inactive as a condition of display. Any guns bought at the NRA convention must be collected from a federally licensed dealer near the purchaser’s home, which will conduct a background check. “We’re here to say the NRA’s extremist agenda is not OK with us,” Watts told the Guardian on Saturday. “They are pushing to have more guns carried in places like schools and parks and they try to block efforts to require universal background checks – but there are no working guns allowed on display in the exhibition, no guns at all in the music venue and they are requiring background checks for purchases made at their own meeting. “It’s beyond irony.”
Gun control advocates to protest NRA
On Saturday Wright will be among an estimated 400 people from around the country that are expected to gather at Riverfront Park to protest what organizers are calling the "extremist agenda" of the National Rifle Association, which is holding their annual meeting just blocks away at Music City Center. More than 70,000 NRA members are here for a four-day gathering of workshops, political speeches and a trade show featuring the latest in guns and gadgets. "We support the Second Amendment," said Wright, a 35-year-old Nashville entertainment marketer who serves as a volunteer gun safety advocate. "We have gun owners in our organization. We know that many NRA members are responsible gun owners, and we are calling on them to help us create safe laws for everybody. The NRA leadership has just gone too far to the extreme."
Internet gun sales in Oregon creating dangerous, unregulated market, report claims
“The report from Everytown for Gun Safety said that sellers using just four popular websites may be transferring as many as 25,000 guns a year in Oregon without conducting criminal background checks. Everytown also conducted a sting-like operation by posting 17 ads that had inquiries from 11 people with criminal records who are legally prohibited from buying firearms. Among them were two felons with a record of methamphetamine use as well as two others with domestic violence convictions. Ted Alcorn, the group's research director, said in a statement that the report shows the need for the Legislature to pass a bill expanding background checks to cover these gun transactions in Oregon. The state now has a "vast, dangerous marketplace, where convicted felons and domestic abusers can buy guns with no questions asked," Alcorn said.”
Gun control rally planned during NRA meeting
Nearly 400 gun safety advocates plan to rally at Riverfront Park on Saturday while the National Rifle Association's annual meeting is underway. The rally is organized by Everytown for Gun Safety, a Washington, D.C.-based gun violence prevention organization, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots organization that emerged after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Organizers say they are gathering to "counter the gun lobby's dangerous agenda and rally for safer gun laws" in Tennessee and across the country.
New P.S.A. Takes on the Gun Lobby by Having Adorable Kids Read N.R.A. Quotes
The children, whom Everytown has dubbed “Lil’ Waynes,” rattle off some of LaPierre’s most troublesome quotes, such as, “They’re out to brainwash your kids and change your life, no matter how many millions of humans end up dying in the process.” “We know, in the world that surrounds us, there are terrorists, and home invaders and drug cartels and carjackers and knockout gamers, rapers, haters, campus killers, airport killers, shopping mall killers, road-rage killers, and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids that could collapse the society that sustains us all,” another Lil’ Wayne says in the video.
The debate about guns on college campuses is a new form of March madness
Activists at Everytown are using a sports-style bracket to document the “NRA Madness,” tracking the states facing this kind of legislation and rallying their supporters—young people who have “rejected this vision for campus life,” urging them reach out to their representatives. “This is a moment when young people are in a unique position to directly effect the outcome of the national guns on campus debate,” Rzepka said. “Old people are always telling young people what’s best for them; in this instance, the gun lobby is telling college students their campuses will be safer if their classmates are carrying loaded, concealed weapons.” This year, at least 12 states (including big college states like Florida, Nevada, Michigan and Texas) will see ‘conceal and carry on campus’ legislation hit their state senates. Rzepka says that it’s important for college students to engage with this issue and make their voices heard, as these bills will either be passed or rejected before the end of the spring semester. Rzepka says that students in and Wyoming, Virginia, West Virginia and South Dakota “have already defeated similar legislation this year” and urges students in the 12 other states with pending bills to fill out postcards to their local elected officials that Everytown will happily deliver.
Marin Voice: What kills more children — measles or guns?
Does your child have play-dates at houses with guns? Are they locked up? Loaded? Will your kid go to college out of state, where they have lax gun laws? For example, in North Carolina and Georgia people are allowed to carry loaded guns into restaurants and bars. In all but 17 states you can buy a gun without a criminal background check. By doing nothing we are complicit. Demand better gun safety laws.
Kathleen Chandler Wright, emerging as the face of Tennessee’s Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America chapter, is taking deep breaths and fighting on. “The NRA convention is a three-day thing over a weekend in April,” she says. “The bills they are proposing could change our state laws and impact our day-to-day life long after the convention is gone. “I do not think the NRA really represents most Tennesseans’ stance on safety and what they think are common-sense laws.”
‘NRA Madness’ bracket shows 16 states trying to allow guns at college
Using the “March Madness” model from the annual NCAA basketball tournament, the pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety released its “NRA Madness” bracket to highlight 16 states where the National Rifle Association (NRA) is advocating for legislation that would allow guns to be carried on college campuses...Everytown is asking Americans to sign up to oppose legislation that would allow weapons on campuses in the remaining 12 states — from Arkansas and Tennessee to Florida and Georgia. For each registrant, the organization says it will send a postcard to the governors or state leaders in the targeted states, urging them to reject the measures.
Survey finds 61% of Floridians against school gun bills
"The poll shows that Floridians overwhelmingly oppose the gun lobby's misguided push to force guns onto college campuses and allow them in K-12 schools," said Chryl Anderson, volunteer with the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in a statement. "This is more evidence that the legislators who support these dangerous bills are out of touch with what Floridians really want."
Gun background check bill introduced
“Today’s introduction … is the first step toward keeping our kids, schools, communities and the law enforcement officers who work to protect us safer,” Anneliese Davis, a volunteer with the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action, said in a released statement.
West Virginia Governor Bucks Legislature, Vetoes Permit-Less Concealed Carry Bill
"After years of operating in state legislatures unchecked, the NRA's agenda of putting gun lobby interests above the safety of our communities is now being defeated in state after state, and today, here in West Virginia," said Dee Price, a volunteer with the West Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "It's just common sense that if a person wants to carry a loaded, hidden handgun in public, they need to demonstrate they have a clean recent violent criminal record and have been trained to handle and carry a gun safely."
This Is Where Likely 2016 Voters Draw The Line On Gun Rights
Everytown Chief Strategy Officer Brina Milikowsky told HuffPost that the group's polling results made it "overwhelmingly clear" that Americans "strongly oppose" concealed carry without any training, which often is a part of the permit process. "The NRA is pushing bills in states across the country that would dismantle the permitting process that serves as a public safety measure to keep guns out of dangerous hands -- and it's imperative that political leaders in Kansas, Montana and West Virginia -- states where bills are moving forward -- listen to their constituents and not the gun lobby," she said in a statement.
Gun bill indirectly eliminates some background checks
"Background checks are the single most important and effective tool we have for keeping guns away from criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people," said Jack Warner, deputy press secretary for Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group following the legislation.
Texas could allow concealed guns on college campuses
"It's disturbing to see some of our lawmakers ignoring the majority of Texans and college stakeholders who oppose guns on campus and instead bowing to the gun lobby and extremist interests," said Sandy Chasse, a university language instructor and volunteer with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
The NRA, even more ridiculous than usual
Erika Soto Lamb, spokesperson for Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, points out that her group never asked the administration to ban the 5.56mm ammo. “We didn’t take a position on the ATF ammo ban,” she explained to me in an e-mail. “We focus on keeping guns out of dangerous hands (background checks, etc.) instead of on the guns/ammo themselves (this, for instance, assault weapons ban, etc.).”
The Answer To Campus Rape: More Guns, Say NRA-Backed Lawmakers
"It's proof there's a fundamental misunderstanding in campus sexual assault," said Erika Soto Lamb, spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, the group backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "The gun lobby is hijacking something that is already in the news for its own purpose to sell fear and sell more guns and allow more guns everywhere."
God, guns, and the mass shooting in Tyrone, Missouri
"Aldridge had a criminal record that should have barred him from having guns," Ted Alcorn, research director for Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun violence prevention group, told VICE News. "While we don't yet know how he obtained the murder weapon, we do know that thanks to Missouri's lawmakers, dangerous people like him can buy guns through unlicensed sales online and at gun shows without background checks, no questions asked."
Rally highlights dispute over concealed weapons on campus
Pamela Owen is the Chapter Leader for Montana's Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Owen doesn't want the state to allow concealed weapons on campuses. That's why she's at the state capitol, joining forces with other opponents and rallying support against the bill. She says allowing guns on college campuses would be a big mistake. "On campuses where there is drug and alcohol use, just thinking about guns at a Griz game it just seems completely out of line to me," said Owen.
Don't force concealed carry on our college campuses
Current law allows Montana’s public colleges and universities to decide whether they want to allow guns on their campuses. SB143 would revoke their authority to make this critical public safety decision for their school communities. As a result, they would be forced to allow the concealed carry of loaded handguns on campuses even if they didn’t want to — despite widespread opposition from the people most affected by this policy. Polling has found 78 percent of students, 95 percent of college presidents, and 89 percent of police chiefs oppose campus carry.
Close the perilous terror-gun gap: If suspected terrorists cannot board planes, why in the world do we let them buy weapons?
The fact is, we can respect the Constitution and defend “the security of a free state” — as the Second Amendment has it — with the reasonable regulation of gun sales. Since 1998, the federal gun background check system has blocked more than 2.3 million potential gun sales to criminals and the seriously mentally ill. It’s time for Congress to buck the NRA and protect police officers and the public they serve — and keep terror suspects from buying guns.
Activists: Say 'no' to guns on campus
"Our kids' teachers enter the esteemed profession of education to teach, not to become sharpshooters," said Chryl Anderson, who volunteers with the organization's Florida chapter. "Florida lawmakers should do their jobs, too -- pass laws to keep Floridians safe from gun violence instead doing the bidding of the gun lobby."
Bullets and backpacks do not belong together
If you're not convinced by the plethora of administrators, police chiefs and students who oppose guns on campus, listen to Colin Goddard, who survived the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. He recently testified against a similar guns-on-campus bill in Texas, saying "We (campus shooting) survivors do not think that it is a good idea to have guns on campus. There is no evidence that (it) would do anything to stop a mass shooting, but (it) would make the average day on campus more dangerous."
Say no to guns on college campuses
It's easy to understand why the people who know our colleges best are in agreement. Just last week, an argument at a University of Georgia fraternity escalated when a student pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and started firing. Students understand that — as Florida's chapter of Moms Demand Action has already pointed out — college is already rife with risk factors, including drugs, alcohol and academic pressures. Adding guns to that mix is dangerous and irresponsible.
More guns on campus is not the answer to sexual assault
As a mother of five children—three of whom will be away at college this fall—the issue of campus carry is very personal. Like any mom, my primary concern is for my children’s safety—especially when they’re away from home. The thought that my daughters could be surrounded by students making impulsive and sometimes dangerous decisions while carrying a firearm or be expected to defend themselves with a gun, is not something I am willing to accept.
My Gun Story: The Activist
We have moms in Texas showing up at the Statehouse, testifying against bad bills. We have moms in Montana, moms in Idaho. Places where people might have been intimidated by the gun lobby in the past. You don’t get involved in this brand of activism unless you are one tough mother. This time, women are saying, “No. It’s now or never.”
Sister of Sandy Hook Victim Weighs In On Campus Carry
I took an internship in Washington, D.C., with Everytown for Gun Safety and spent my summer learning about common-sense pubic safety solutions proven to curb the gun violence that kills 86 Americans every day. I also met with many other family members of victims and survivors of gun violence, who, like me, had experienced immeasurable loss.
Donna Karan Links With Mike Bloomberg's 'Not One More' Effort
To raise awareness about gun violence prevention, Donna Karan, Lise Evans and Michael Bloomberg were set to host Tuesday night’s “Not One More” event at Urban Zen.
Raising Cane's under fire from protest group for allowing guns in some restaurants
"Moms are asking Raising Cane's: do you stand with gun extremists, like Kory Watkins, who threatened the lives of Texans, or do you stand with moms and families who deserve a comfortable environment to enjoy a meal together," asked Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts.
Group Of Fired Up Mothers Gather At Capitol To Protest Repealing Of Gun Control Laws
“Just like Bill Murray on ‘Groundhog Day’ we woke up and it’s the same thing all over again,” Jennifer Hope with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense told lawmakers. “We can handle six more weeks of winter, but what we can’t handle is six more weeks of senseless repeal efforts.”
Gun debate turns wild in first 2 weeks of Texas Legislature
"The extreme behavior on display is really drawing a picture for the public and lawmakers what open carry would look like," said Claire Larson of the Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "It may be fun for the media to cover, but the reality is that this is not a TV reality show. We don't have panic buttons on playgrounds."
National Moms group protests Harris Teeter's gun policy
About a dozen local members of the group "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" cut up their loyalty cards and gave them to the manager of the Harris Teeter on Providence Road Saturday morning to protest the store's gun policy.
VT sting: Prohibited persons buying guns online
A three-month undercover sting operation shows an estimated 126 firearms are being transferred annually to legally unauthorized persons in Vermont through unchecked Internet sales. "Hiding in Plain Sight," a first-of-its kind investigation in Vermont by the group Everytown for Gun Safety, monitored guns for sale on three primary websites, according to a copy of the report.
Standing Up to the N.R.A.
Women living with a gun in the home are more than twice as likely to be murdered than those with no gun on the premises, according to a study in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine. Women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered by guns than women in other high-income countries, according to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a group that worked against the measure in Lansing.
Bloomberg’s ‘Data Guy’ Leads His Gun-Control Campaign
And now, as president of the Bloomberg group Everytown for Gun Safety, he is taking the same approach to a state-by-state, town-by-town fight to change gun laws. A year after the mayor left office, the group says it has more than 2.5 million supporters and 40,000 donors. It uses algorithms to identify elections—and target voters—that could swing on the gun issue. The approach has produced high-profile victories, such as a ballot initiative passed in November in Washington state strengthening background checks for gun buyers. “We use a lot of data,” said Mr. Feinblatt, 63 years old. “We’re trying to improve human lives. We want to do this in the best way and the most strategic and precise way possible.”
Fight on Guns Is Being Taken to State Ballots
As with the same-sex marriage movement — as well as efforts by some conservative groups to weaken unions and to make abortions more difficult to obtain — the efforts of both gun rights advocates and advocates for gun restrictions demonstrate a fading faith that legislative remedies are to be found in Congress. “Whether it’s on guns or immigration or tax reform, clearly Washington is broken,” Mr. Feinblatt said. “You have to influence the federal government at the state.”
Senate Confirms Vivek Murthy As Surgeon General Over NRA Opposition
John Feinblatt, president of the Michael Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety, also hailed Murthy's confirmation as a victory against the NRA. "This is about more than just the confirmation of our country’s top doctor, it’s also a defeat for the gun lobby that has fought tooth-and-nail to keep gun violence prevention off of the agenda in Washington," Feinblatt said in a statement. "For decades the NRA has suppressed funding for research to understand gun violence and pushed for legislation to muzzle doctors and military leaders from being able to talk to their patients or troops about firearm safety."
The number of school shootings since Sandy Hook is higher than you think
The realization that small children and teachers were in danger in their classrooms was, for many Americans, not only heartbreaking. It was unacceptable. Together, Newtown’s families and survivors of gun violence nationwide raised their voices in a renewed call for action. The gun safety movement is stronger than it has ever been, because of them. More states – including Connecticut, Louisiana, Colorado, and Washington – are putting life-saving laws on the books that are strengthening the gun-sale background check system, preventing the seriously mentally ill from buying guns, and keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. But the fact remains – gun violence is pervasive in our country. Many people don’t realize that since Sandy Hook, there have been nearly 100 more school shootings.
Report: School shootings often involve guns from home
"We do not send our children to school to learn how to hide from gunmen, nor should we expect sharpshooting to be a job requirement for educators," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. "You may not have heard about all of these shooting incidents on the national news, but when a lockdown is announced over a school intercom, for whatever reason, it strikes fear across the community. ... It's time for our elected leaders to take a stand for the safety and future of our children."
Nearly 100 more school shootings since Sandy Hook, report says
Everytown’s paper delves into a series of criteria to better classify the incidents. It compares common factors — whether the shooter committed suicide, or whether they merely attempted. It also considered the outcome of the gun discharge in terms of deaths versus injuries, and how the weapon was obtained. Focusing on K-12, the majority of guns were taken from the student’s own home. In cases where the shooter’s age was disclosed — which is difficult information to find given incidents are still under investigation or protected by law — 70 percent were minors. More than a third — at least 35 shootings — were the result of an escalated altercation.
The number of mental health records in the federal background-check system has more than tripled since 2011
The overall reporting increase is thanks in large part to states improving their methods and updating or passing new laws. In 2011, the year Everytown released its first report on the issue, 23 states had submitted fewer than 100 mental health records. In the intervening years, 10 states passed new record-sharing laws and 10 have amended existing laws since 2011, according to Everytown. Today, only nine have submitted fewer than 100 mental health records.
Republicans Won the Midterms. The NRA Did Not.
The NRA has plainly decided that its priority is to have Republican majorities in Congress, even if it means giving up the pull it once had on both sides of the aisle, when Democrats like John Dingell of Michigan (now on the verge of retirement) were a crucial element of the gun-rights coalition. That may have been the right calculation for the gun lobby to make as the parties now sort themselves out into parliamentary-style, ideologically cohesive entities. But it also means that the gun-control movement will have a far easier time lining up support among Democrats. “This ought to be a lesson for Democrats,” says John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, the new name of the pro-gun control organization backed by former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg. “The NRA isn’t going to be your friend no matter what vote you take. They only want people who believe chapter and verse of what they do and they will keep redefining that.”
Michael Bloomberg has found his niche
This year alone, Everytown endorsed 115 candidates in both federal and state elections who support “commonsense” gun laws. The group’s record is strong so far, with an 86.5% success rate in races that have been called. The group scored a key victory this week in Washington state with Initiative 594, which will require criminal background checks on all firearms sales and transfers in the state, including at gun shows and on the Internet. Everytown spent more than $4 million on the proposal, which passed with 60% of voter support. Everytown is now gathering signatures for a similar measure in Nevada, and hopes to push for others in Arizona, Maine, and Oregon.
In a turnabout, Colorado Democrats win back seats lost in gun recall
Mark Glaze, former executive director of the group Everytown for Gun Safety, said the results showed that when a significant portion of the electorate turns out, rather than a small, agitated minority, support for something like universal background checks for gun buyers is a politically winning position. (That was part of the package Hickenlooper, who was reelected Tuesday, signed into law.)
Election 2014: Gun Sense
The saddest ritual cycle in modern life is a school shooting. Kids get killed. Yellow ribbons, balloons and guidance counselors appear. Everyone wonders why and how. And then, we shrug and feel helpless that nothing can be done because the all-powerful gun lobby will move mountains to ensure that crazy people can always get a firearm. But all is not futile. Washington State just broke the pattern. More than a week ago, four students, including the shooter, were killed in a high school north of Seattle. And in Tuesday’s election, voters approved of a ballot measure that is designed to keep felons, the mentally ill, people under certain kinds of restraining orders and others from buying weapons through unlicensed dealers — mainly gun shows and through the Internet.
Lucky to call Tom Menino a friend
That was the Tom Menino I knew: Anything for the cause. In 2006, we created Mayors Against Illegal Guns because those in Washington — in both parties — were refusing to do anything about the fact that criminals and the mentally ill could easily buy guns. Our elected representatives were afraid to touch the issue, because of the supposed power of the National Rifle Association. Tom wasn’t afraid of the NRA — or any other special interest group. He had been at the forefront of the fight against crime and had made Boston a dramatically safer place. But not safe enough.
Tucson Shooting Survivor: Here's Why Kroger Should Change Its Gun Policy
Reed joined fellow members of Michael Bloomberg-backed groups Moms Demand Action and Everytown on Wednesday morning to protest outside a meeting of investors in Kroger, the country’s largest grocery company. The coalition aims to force Kroger’s hand in changing its gun policy, which currently allows the open carry of firearms in states where it’s legal. “My gunman went into the grocery store, and was there for 15 minutes with a gun in the back of his pants, but it didn’t raise any eyebrows because guns are common in my hometown,” said Reed.
This election season, ‘F’ is the new ‘A’
Voters should have the facts about what it takes to be one of the NRA’s star pupils. That’s the reason Everytown for Gun Safety is asking candidates to explain their “A’s” this election cycle. In the process, they’ll realize they should forget everything they learned in school, and strive for an “F.” Think about it: getting branded a failure for supporting background checks — an effective, reasonable policy backed by 92 percent of the American public. During election season, especially, there’s no higher compliment.
Don't let the NRA lie about background checks
Background checks help reduce gun crime and save lives. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia currently require background checks on all handgun sales. In such states, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by their partners, and 39 percent fewer on-duty police officers are shot and killed. Background checks are an effective, common-sense policy solution that Braley, Landrieu, McCain and lawmakers of all political stripes support — together with 92 percent of the American public, according to independent polling.
With Friends Like the NRA, Who Needs Enemies?
By supporting sensible gun policies, lawmakers won’t only be doing the right thing. They’ll also likely find that come election time, authenticity and common sense play better than cold calculation. In other words, by standing up for policies that a vast majority of the American public supports, candidates are likely to impress voters enough to keep their jobs.
New California Law Lets Families Request Guns Be Seized From Dangerous Relatives
Brown's signing of the bills "helped to honor the life of my son, Christopher, and so many others killed by senseless gun violence," said Richard Martinez, father of Isla Vista shooting victim Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez and an advocate for the group Everytown for Gun Safety.
Bloomberg group launches midterm campaign for gun control
The campaign includes what supporters call a "Gun Sense Voter" road show with stops in Oregon, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Maine, Maryland and Connecticut over the next three weeks. The tour, led by Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, also will visit Seattle where Everytown is pushing a state initiative that would expand background checks for firearms purchased online and at gun shows. "We want gun safety to be an issue that people vote on," said John Feinblatt, Everytown's president.
Study: Online gun sales open market to buyers who would fail a background check
Those sites featured advertisements for nearly 17,000 weapons during a recent five-month stretch, Everytown researchers found. At the same time, another 1,164 buyers posted advertisements looking for weapons. When the group matched public records with any identifying information the buyers posted, they found almost 10 percent — eight out of 81 identifiable buyers — would be barred from buying a gun from a licensed dealer.
Here's Where Criminals Go to Buy Guns Online
Titled "Online and Off the Record," the report by Everytown—the Mike Bloomberg-affiliated pro-regulation gun group—suggests that hundreds of thousands, probably millions, of guns nationwide are now being sold online sans paperwork or background checks, and as many as 10 percent of them are going straight to convicted criminals who are legally barred from owning firearms.
These Women Are the NRA's Worst Nightmare
Today, Moms Demand Action has teams on the ground in all 50 states, elbowing their way into policy hearings and working to motivate "gun sense voters" fed up with the carnage. In less than two years, the organization has compelled more than a half-dozen national restaurant chains, internet companies, and retailers to take a stand against lax gun laws, and has joined forces with one of the nation's most deep-pocketed political operators to hold elected leaders to account. Many groups have taken on the nation's 30,000 annual firearm deaths—and this latest effort bears resemblance to the Million Mom March in the wake of the 1999 Columbine shooting, whose organizers also sought to be "a MADD for guns." But no group has risen so far, so fast, influencing laws, rattling major corporations, and provoking vicious responses from hardcore gun rights activists. With its ambition to turn out a million voters for the November midterms, Moms Demand Action may be emerging as a potent threat to the National Rifle Association's three-decade-long stranglehold on gun politics.
Panera Bread asks customers not to bring guns to its restaurants
"We are thrilled that after months of discussions between Panera and Moms Demand Action, Panera is taking a proactive position in favor of our families' safety by putting a new gun policy in place. Moms are the consumers-in-chief of our households and we will reward companies that take a stand for our families' safety. We urge other national companies follow suit," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in an email.
Moms' Group Calls Out Kroger's Gun Policy In Unprecedented New Ad Campaign
"These images bring into stark contrast Kroger policies that prohibit skateboards, food and a lack of appropriate attire in stores, but allow the open carry of loaded guns," said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, in a statement. "Businesses have an obligation to protect their employees and patrons."
Moms Demand Action goes after supermarket chain Kroger with ads
Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are kicking their pleas up a notch by including print and digital advertisements for the first time in one of the group’s corporate campaigns aimed at Kroger to prohibit the open carry of firearms.
A common-sense conversation about guns and kids
We can only hope that out of these unfortunate circumstances comes a dialogue about children and guns. The responsibility to avoid guns or to handle them safely should never be on children – as adults, we have a moral imperative to protect children from unintentional shootings. We can start by educating parents about the dangers of leaving guns unlocked and passing laws that hold parents responsible if they do and tragedy results. It’s a conversation we need to have – but it’s also a conversation in which the gun lobby refuses to participate.
NRA slam on gun-control advocate Shannon Watts backfires
"We're not going anywhere," Watts told me. "We've gone up against so many vocal gun extremists who've threatened us with death and sexual violence, online and offline. No matter how much mud the NRA wants to sling at moms and women, they will not scare us or humiliate us or do anything that reverses our course."
Moms Push Back Against 'Sexist' NRA Attack
"To their dismay, today's American moms do much more than just cook and clean," Harrington said. "In fact, a mother's work is never done -- and some of that work is keeping our families and communities safe from gun violence. That's what makes us the most effective counterweight to the gun lobby and it's going to take a lot more than this to slow us down."
Moms take gun issue to the grocery store
“Given how lax the majority of states’ open carry laws are, there is no way for store employees or Kroger’s loyal customers to know whether these gun extremists are good guys or bad guys,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.
Open-Carry Fight Is Set to Hit Kroger
"When a company like Kroger doesn't have a policy around guns, it seems to send a signal to gun extremists that they tacitly support or even endorse things like open carry," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.
School Violence And Gun-Related Injuries Rank Among Top Concerns For American Families
"Moms will no longer tolerate America's culture of gun violence. We demand to be safe in the places we go with our children -- schools, restaurants, stores, parks and in our own homes," Watts said in a statement Tuesday. "By opposing legislation to close the deadly loopholes in our background check system that allow minors and dangerous people like felons and domestic abusers easy access to guns, as well as reasonable limits on where, when and how loaded gun[s] are carried and used in public, it's crystal clear the gun lobby is out of touch with the concerns of American parents, including those who are gun owners."
Domestic Violence + Guns = Deadly Duo
Let’s look at the numbers. Every month, an average of 48 American women are shot to death by a current or former husband or boyfriend. American women are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other developed countries. The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that the woman will be killed.
Boxing Champ: My Gun Didn't Protect Me
After all, as a recent Everytown for Gun Safety report found, American women are 11 times more likely to be killed with guns than in other developed nations. Further, more than half of these female gun deaths come at the hands of domestic partners or family members.
Domestic violence: The next front in gun-control fight
The ad, by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group Everytown for Gun Safety, is airing in the District of Columbia and three states. It targets three Republican senators: Dean Heller of Nevada, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, lawmakers who have shown a willingness to back some sort of gun control or whose communities have faced a tragic mass shooting.
Gun laws still don't protect women from abusers: Column
As with the many of those 48 deaths, perhaps the most tragic element of Jessica's murder is that it could have been prevented. As a recent Everytown for Gun Safety report on guns and domestic violence demonstrates, Georgia is one of the worst states in the country at preventing domestic abusers from getting their hands on firearms.
Preventing domestic gun violence is a moral obligation
As tragic and devastating as Zina’s shooting death has been for our family, it is a far too common occurrence. Every month, an average of 48 women are killed with guns by current or former intimate partners, accounting for more domestic violence deaths than all other weapons combined.
Time to take domestic violence seriously, close gun loopholes
The individual stories are horrifying, and the statistics paint an equally traumatic picture. A report by Everytown for Gun Safety released this summer found that more than half of women killed with guns in 2011 — at least 53 percent — were killed by intimate partners or family members.
View the Facts: All Moms Should Support Bill to Protect Victims From Gun Violence
But let's look at what the research tells us: Abused women are nearly 10 times more likely to be threatened with a gun than to defend themselves with it, and research published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed. When every split second becomes a matter of life and death, no mother should be forced to choose between running to grab her gun, or running to grab her child.
Bloomberg group’s new ad ties guns to domestic violence
The haunting scene—depicted in a short ad paid for by a group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Everytown for Gun Safety—will air in Washington, D.C. and four other states, targeting Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Dean Heller of Nevada.
Bloomberg group pushes 3 GOP senators to back gun restrictions
The ad by Everytown for Gun Safety contains a warning about the coming scene, in which a man kicks down the door of his ex’s house, grabs their crying son, and pulls out a gun as the woman calls 911 and tries to stop him. He points the gun at her head, and the ad cuts to a black screen with the message “Stop gun violence against women” before the sound of a gunshot is heard.
Gun Safety Group Pressures Key GOP Senators In Dramatic TV Ad
Everytown plans to run the ad in Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, Arizona and Nevada on Tuesday, the day before the Senate's first-ever hearing on guns and domestic abuse. The ads running in the three states will ask viewers to urge their respective senators -- Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) or Dean Heller (R-Nev.) -- to back Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) bill that would ban convicted stalkers and abusive dating partners from possessing guns.
Congress must act to protect abuse victims
I am joining nearly two dozen domestic violence survivors and advocates with Everytown for Gun Safety this week and traveling to Washington, D.C., to urge Sens. Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin to support legislation proposed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar. S. 1290 would protect victims of stalking and dating abuse by ensuring that abusive dating partners and convicted stalkers can’t legally buy and possess guns.
The Hill: Bloomberg vs. the NRA
Bloomberg's proposal certainly must have sent a chill through this year's congressional candidates in learning that the Bloomberg money will go to surveying all federal candidates in the 2014 midterm elections, by having them complete a 10-part questionnaire that forces them to state publicly where they stand on such issues as the expansion of background checks for gun purchases, tougher laws on gun trafficking and outlawing super-size gun magazines.
One mom takes aim at gun violence
Watts, an Indianapolis mother of five, hopes Moms Demand Action does to gun violence what Mothers Against Drunk Driving did to drunk driving. Which is to say, curb it: Change the culture, change the laws, change the steady stream of tragic, inevitable deaths.
Gun Control Battle Has Moved Beyond Politicians
“They do not want to get involved. We are dragging them kicking and screaming to be in the middle of it,” says Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “When state and local laws don’t protect customers adequately, businesses need to step up.”
Gun reform groups confront politicians with survey
Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America on Monday jointly launched a survey pushing candidates to share with the country their stances on gun-violence prevention. It will present 10 “yes” or “no” questions to both incumbents and aspiring legislators. The groups plan to use the answers, as well as the politicians’ prior votes and statements, to inform voters. They hope the responses, due by Aug. 15, will urge at least one million Americans to support individuals who champion “common sense reforms,” Erika Soto Lamb, communications director for Everytown, said in a statement.
Bloomberg’s gun group to start 2014 midterms strategy by surveying candidates
“People deserve in this country to know where candidates stand on reasonable gun measures,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown and Bloomberg’s longtime senior policy adviser. “For too long, the gun lobbyists had the field to themselves.”
Target asks customers to leave firearms at home
"Such positive safety changes made by some of our country's leading retailers are proof of the influence of women and mothers," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "As we look toward election season, we hope our legislators are taking notice that when women and mothers collectively raise our voices - and soon cast our votes, we are determined to leave an impact."
Target aims to stop customers from carrying guns
The gun-reform group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America last month created a national campaign to urge the chain to prohibit patrons from openly carrying weapons while shopping, msnbc previously reported. Beginning with Starbucks last fall, members have gained similar victories with Sonic Drive-In, Brinker International (parent company of Chili’s Grill & Bar), Chipotle, Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Facebook, and Instagram.
National gun violence protest spreads to Des Moines
Martinez is traveling the country with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – groups formed after the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school shooting to address gun violence. Following the Isla Vista shootings, Martinez said he would ask people to send postcards "to every politician they can think of" with the words "Not one more." That led to a campaign from the advocacy groups, and resulted in 625,000 people across the country signing up to have the cards delivered to their representatives.
Gun control advocates to deliver 2.5 million postcards to politicians
More than 625,000 people signed on to support the postcard campaign, initiated by the pro-gun control groups Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety in the days following the May 23 shooting near the University of California Santa Barbara.
Report: More kids die in shootings than statistics show
"Toddlers have the highest risk of unintentionally shooting themselves," says Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America , a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, which is backed by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. "In the news we hear: 'Toddler shoots baby. Toddler shoots himself.' This doesn't happen in any other developed nation, and it shouldn't happen in ours."
100 Children Died In Unintentional Shootings In Year After Newtown
"There is no question when you look around the country you see a real patchwork of laws having to deal with child access, and yet we have research that is compelling that laws that impose criminal sanctions are effective," said Feinblatt. "We only have to look towards the drunk driving movement. ... It decreased and deterred people from drunk driving, which obviously we have come to accept as dangerous. And we need to come to the same acceptance."
Hashtag Activism: How #NotOneMore Caught Fire Online
At the meeting, John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president who worked as the senior policy advisor to the mayor in the Bloomberg administration, asked the staff if it was possible to fulfill Martinez’s postcard wish. “We were moved by what Richard Martinez said, so I said to the staff, ‘He moved us, let’s move America,” Feinblatt says.
Santa Barbara, Newtown, Aurora families speak out in D.C.
The families came to Washington with Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella organization created by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In April, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to spend $50 million this year to support the organization.
Isla Vista Shooting Victim's Father And Other Survivors Rally In DC To Say 'Not One More'
Martinez recently urged everyone to send a postcard to elected officials with the words "Not One More" written on it. The Everytown For Gun Safety group launched a grassroots campaign taking his call for action a step further and built a web-sharing tool where people could sign up online, and in turn the group would deliver postcards on their behalf to each individual's U.S. House representative, two U.S. Senators and governor. More than 600,000 folks signed up, which means over 2.4 million postcards will be delivered. Martinez will deliver the postcards to Arizona Senator Jeff Flake on Friday, according to Everytown.
Gun control supporters march in Brooklyn
The event -- sponsored by several organizations, including Everytown for Gun Safety and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's Washington-based lobby group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns -- was the second such rally, with nearly twice the turnout of the previous one. The first rally was held last year, not long after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and another is planned for San Francisco in September.
Map: There have been at least 74 shootings in schools since Newtown
There have been at least 37 shootings on school grounds this year, which is just barely half over. All told, there has been nearly one shooting per week in the year and a half since Newtown. Everytown identifies a school shooting as any instance in which a firearm was discharged within a school building or on school grounds, sourced to multiple news reports per incident. The data includes assaults, homicides, suicides and accidental shootings.
If It's A School Week In America, Odds Are There Will Be A School Shooting
Since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week, according to data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group fighting to end gun violence.
Pressure Mounts On Target To Ban Firearms After Loaded Gun Found In Toy Aisle
Michael Bloomberg-backed Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has launched a campaign asking Target to ban the open carrying of guns in its stores just as news emerges out of South Carolina adding urgency to their mission.
Gun control campaign piles pressure on Target and other companies
“When people see that they can have an impact on social media, and that the message that we don’t want open carry in our stores is getting across, that is very empowering. Big companies haven’t wanted to get involved in this issue, but now we’re forcing them to,” said founder of Moms Demand Action’s founder, Shannon Watts.”
Moms group aims at Target over 'open carry' guns policy
“In applauding such moves, Shannon Watts, founder of the Moms group, said "American businesses and restaurants should not wait for open carry extremists to demonstrate in their establishments – now is the time to stand up for the safety of employees and customers."
‘Open Carry’ Gun Fight Moves to Target Stores
“When Americans actually see what’s happening they get angry,” said Shannon Watts, who founded the Moms group before joining with Mr. Bloomberg’s gun control operation. “Some of this is about showing the public what’s going on and the implication of these lax laws.”
Why Aren't We Doing More to Keep Women Safe From Gun Violence?
Putting these laws on the books -- in states with strong traditions of gun ownership -- is a turning point for American women. The group I founded, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, is only 18 months old, but we are making substantial progress. As women and mothers collectively keep the pressure on Congress to act, our wins at the state level will keep adding up.
Sonic, Chili's say no guns inside
"Moms thank Sonic and Brinker International, which includes Chili's Grill & Bar, for taking action to stand up for the safety and security of our families," founder Shannon Watts said Friday. "We are heartened that we can take our children to these family-oriented restaurants and not worry about being confronted by customers with semiautomatic rifles."
When Congress won’t act on gun control, individual groups will
“Not one more father should lose his child to gun violence, and not one more politician should put the gun lobby ahead of the lives of Americans. Our elected leaders need to know that we will no longer tolerate inaction. Not one more person should die needlessly. Not one more,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, a group recently created by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to rival the National Rifle Association.
Grieving UCSB Victim's Father Inspires a Movement: 'Not One More'
"We were inspired by his words, and we agree that every political leader needs to hear this message that 'not one more' child should be killed, not one more person should die because of our weak gun laws," Erika Soto Lamb, the group's communications director, tells Mashable. "So we built this tool to make it easy for all of us to fulfill Mr. Martinez's wishes and to honor his son's life and the lives of the 86 Americans that are killed with guns every day."
States submitting more mental health records to background check system
The inflow of records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System _ NICS _ contributed to a 65 percent hike since 2011 in firearms dealer denials of gun purchases to persons adjudicated mentally ill, the report by Everytown for Gun Safety concludes.
Chipotle Asks Customers Not to Bring Guns Into Restaurants
The announcement by the burrito chain on Monday came after a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a national petition calling on Chipotle Chief Executive Steve Ells to prohibit firearms in its restaurants. The group said the petition was triggered by the weekend gun-rights demonstration, where people brought loaded assault-style rifles into a Chipotle near Dallas to advocate for "open carry" practices allowing public display of weapons.
Gun Control Group Asks Chipotle To Ban Guns After Open Carry Event
“Moms want to know that when we take our families out to eat burritos, we won’t be confronted with bullets,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots activism network she formed in the wake of the Newtown murders that is now under the umbrella of Bloomberg’s $50 million Everytown movement.
Moms urge gun background check extension
The group Moms Demand Action says, "the best way to honor moms is to help keep our children safe by keeping guns out of the wrong hands." The group says loopholes in federal law allows dangerous individuals to buy guns with no questions asked at gun shows and online.
Moms flock to Capitol Hill to demand gun control
"We are taking this fight to the states," says Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "What we want Congress to know is that we are watching them, but we are not waiting for them. We are getting ready for the midterms and we are going to hold them accountable for their failure to act."
Everytown descends on D.C. for ‘Moms Take the Hill’ event
The second annual “Moms Take the Hill” event organized by Everytown for Gun Safety began today with leaders of the group meeting with 30-plus members of Congress to discuss expanding background checks to cover gun sales and transfers made between private parties over the Internet and at gun shows.
'Gun Safety Moms' Hope to be 2014's soccer moms
“The NRA has had a 30-year head start,” said Watts, who describes herself as an “accidental activist” on Twitter. “We’ve never before had a grassroots organization to go toe-to-toe with the gun lobby. We have that now.”
The NRA Meets Its Potent New Foe: Moms
For years, advocates of stricter gun laws have rallied at the barricades of the National Rifle Association's annual meeting. But this year, as the gun lobby convenes in Indianapolis, there's a new posse in town. They're mothers, they're survivors of gun violence, and some of them are both. And they're dead set on disarming the NRA of its outsize political power.
Bloomberg Group Everytown For Gun Safety Targets NRA In New TV Ad
Michael Bloomberg revived his fight against the National Rifle Association Friday with the release of a new ad to coincide with the the NRA's annual convention in Indianapolis.
The Today Show: Bloomberg on NRA challenge: ‘Not a battle of dollars’
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, join TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie exclusively to discuss their new initiative, which seeks to gain support for stricter gun control.
The New York Times: Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A.
Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.
The Wall Street Journal: Under Pressure, Facebook Restricts Gun Promotion on Social Network
The changes come after a six-week campaign by the advocacy groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which posted a video in February depicting illegal gun sales on Facebook. The groups planned to deliver more than 130,000 petitions seeking a crackdown on posts about illegal gun sales to Facebook headquarters before the company agreed to the new policies.
The Washington Post: At least 44 school shootings since Newtown — new analysis
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which did the analysis along with the national organization called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said in a statement: “Parents in communities across the country live in fear. An estimated 90 percent of school districts have tightened security since Newtown — installing metal detectors, surveillance cameras, and bullet-proof glass. Schools now routinely have lockdown drills reminiscent of Cold War air raid drills.”
Politico: Yes, We Can Prevent Gun Violence
Moms Demand Action quickly tapped into a sense of frustration that many Americans feel about gun violence—the same sense that so many mayors feel. In 2006, a group of 15 mayors came together to form a bipartisan coalition, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, devoted to cracking down on gun violence. And like the moms’ Facebook page, the mayors’ coalition was soon flooded with supporters.
USA Today: High-profile gun control groups join forces
The combined group will align Bloomberg’s deep pockets with the strong social network and media savvy the mothers’ group brings. The billionaire founder of Bloomberg News said last week that he’ll “devote extensive resources of my own” to the effort.