You know who’s doing their all to fight gun violence in America? Moms
These motivated parents lobbied lawmakers to keep guns out of schools in West Virginia, California, Kentucky, and North Dakota while also passing legislation to keep guns off college campuses in various states. And they’ve made it harder for criminals and domestic abusers to access firearms. Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook where 40 parents lost children in a mass shooting, moms across the country said “no more” and founded Moms Demand Action. The grassroots movement is part of the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the U.S. with four million supporters. It’s easy to feel powerless, but these moms remind us that we can fight back bit by bit, state by state — to create a safer America.
Clad in pink and vowing to vote, activists around the globe flood streets for another Women’s March
Saturday’s march made clear how a movement that began as a protest has evolved. A year of the Trump presidency, coupled with the galvanizing experience of the #MeToo moment, has made activists eager to leave a mark on the country’s political system. As a result, a key component of Saturday’s demonstrations was an effort to harness the enthusiasm behind the Women’s March and translate that into political sway at the polls this fall. “Last year it was about hope. This year it’s about strength,” said Diane Costello, 67, a retired teacher and member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a group that advocates for gun violence prevention, said as she marched through Manhattan.
Facing congressional inaction, states move to ban bump stocks
Groups such as Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety are increasingly focusing on states when it comes to gun-control measures. John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, said he believes gun-related issues such as bump stocks are less politically charged at the state level. But pro-gun groups steadfastly oppose such legislation and believe some of the new state laws might be challenged in court.
FBI investigates whether Russia banker used NRA to fund Trump campaign – report
A lawyer for Trump Jr said his client and Torshin spoke briefly when they were introduced during a meal at the NRA’s annual meeting. “It was all gun-related small talk,” the lawyer, Alan Futerfas, told McClatchy. Congressional investigators reportedly asked Trump Jr about that interaction at a hearing in December. On Thursday, Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group that opposes the NRA’s influence in American politics, called on the NRA to “come clean” about its connections to Russia.
There are black women not named Oprah running for office across the country
In the grief-filled years following her son’s death, McBath spoke out against gun violence and its impact on families, especially within black communities, eventually emerging as a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots anti-violence lobby. Her passionate testimony and advocacy work during Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential run prompted friends and colleagues to urge her to run for office. During our conversation, McBath said she repeatedly pushed aside notions of running for office, but admitted she became convinced to do so after Trump’s election and as she saw conservative political leaders begin to unwind some of the limited progress made by her fellow activists. In particular, McBath said she was personally incensed after Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed into law a grossly unpopular measure allowing college students to carry concealed weapons on campus, even though he had vetoed similar legislation in the past.
Gun safety is a women's issue — and these Congresswomen are fighting for it
Gun control is a women's issue. All you have to do is look at the numbers to see why: the latest report from the CDC shows that 54 percent of women killed in homicides were killed by a gun, and in 55 percent of the cases they were murdered by their former intimate partner. Advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety found that, when a woman's partner has a gun in a domestic violence situation, she is five times more likely to be shot and killed. This is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Democratic women have long been leading the way on gun control and championing legislation to address the issue. While Democratic women make up less than 17 percent of Congress, with 16 in the Senate and 62 in the House, they have the support of the majority of American women. A recent poll from Gallup shows 60 percent of American women believe we need stricter gun laws.”
Ohio lawmakers must stand their ground against lethal Stand Your Ground gun law
I've seen the devastating toll of gun violence firsthand, and no Ohioan should have to bear the same burden. This country needs stronger, not weaker, gun laws. We need policies that serve the American people, not the interests of the gun lobby. And we need legislators who will join us in standing up to Stand Your Ground.These are the reasons I went to the Ohio Statehouse on Dec. 6, along with gun violence prevention activists from the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. We went from office to office, speaking with Democratic and Republican legislators about the dangers that bills like Stand Your Ground would create. Our conversations left me hopeful that Ohio legislators will again reject the NRA leadership's agenda by standing up to Stand Your Ground.
Top gun rights priority prospects dim, even in GOP-controlled Washington
Some gun rights proponents say attaching the NICS fix to concealed carry gives its best chance of garnering the Democratic support it needs. But even with the fix attached, a number of Senate Democrats who supported concealed carry in 2013 say they wouldn’t vote for it again. They’ve seen mass shootings across the country since then, and want a more thoughtful approach. John Feinblatt, president of the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, called concealed carry reciprocity “the gun lobby's most dangerous idea,” adding that stopping its passage was the group’s “top priority."
How gun laws have changed in the 5 years since Sandy Hook
On Dec. 15, 2012, the day after 20 students and six educators were killed by a shooter in Newtown, Conn., Watts started a Facebook group that would eventually become Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “I have never been impacted by gun violence personally," Watts, who lives in Colorado, told ABC News. "I was just incredibly angry after the Sandy Hook shooting because I was seeing pundits on television saying the solution to the horrific tragedy there was arming teachers. And just as an American and as a mom, I knew that wasn’t right." Many, like Watts, thought the killing of children and teachers would be a turning point in the fight for gun control. But months later, two major pieces of legislation -- the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 and the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which would have required universal background checks for firearm sales -- both failed to pass the Senate.
McAuliffe's prohibition on guns at RVA's Lee monument is constitutional
While gun rights absolutists regularly claim that any restriction on the carrying of firearms violates the Second Amendment, that’s simply untrue. And a review of longstanding statutes and court decisions from across the country shows otherwise. Governor McAuliffe’s regulation is well within the confines of the Second Amendment in protecting Virginians from armed intimidation and violence at future public demonstrations. We applaud the governor’s stand for public safety. Other states and localities should follow his lead.
The GOP’s latest gun bill would be catastrophic for women fleeing abuse
Some states offer significantly more protections to victims of domestic abuse, dating violence and stalking than others. In 28 states, for example, individuals convicted of stalking are not allowed to carry in public. But, as Everytown for Gun Safety counsel Courtney Zale explained to HuffPost, under concealed carry reciprocity, a stalker in one of those states could obtain a permit from Florida, which does not prohibit stalkers and issues permits to non-residents through the mail. He could then use that permit to carry throughout the country.
Should educators be armed?
The nonprofit Moms Demand Action was formed right after the Sandy Hook shootings. Since then, they have joined forces with Everytown for Gun Safety. Jennifer Hoppe: I think the biggest misconception is the mind-set that a teacher could instantly move from a mind-set of teaching a classroom full of students to spring into action like a sharpshooter, in a very chaotic and crisis situation.
Congressional Republicans are trying to sneak a “gift” to the NRA into a gun safety bill
Lucy McBath — faith and outreach leader for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, and the mother of unarmed black teenager Jordan Davis, who was fatally shot in a car at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, by a white man after playing loud music in 2012 — spoke out against the bill in the conference call with reporters. “I don’t want anyone to ever experience the pain that I have,” she said. “I lived through what happens when the wrong person is carrying a gun. The risk to our children and our community is far too high if we weaken these standards.’
To fight anti-trans violence, it's time for sensible gun laws
So far this year, at least 24 transgender individuals have been killed, most of them by a gun. And we cannot forget that most of these victims were trans women of color, the majority of them being black. Last year, a list compiled by The Advocate showed that more than half of the 27 homicides of transgender Americans were by gunfire. This all has happened while the gun lobby has pushed a reckless agenda of guns everywhere, for anyone, at any time – no questions asked. Some gun lobby-backed members of Congress have pushed for legislation that would gut state gun laws on who can carry hidden, loaded guns in public. Other lawmakers have pushed dangerous legislation that would roll back gun silencer safety laws and make it easy for anyone to buy a gun silencer without a background check. For too long, lawmakers have listened to the gun lobby rather than the American people. It’s time to remind them that they work for us.
Stories of loss, love and hope
Asked what she thinks accounts for Clinton’s loss, she says, “I still don’t know. I feel like I lost all faith in humanity after that one.” Lafferty, who now works for advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, says she is comforted by the people who have made the issue a priority, even without being personally impacted by it. “If they can get up and do it out of the kindness of their hearts, I better be able to do it for my mother,” she says. After the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last year, Lafferty could not function. She lay on her couch, watched the news coverage, and cried. But this year, after Las Vegas, she felt stronger, and immediately began to work to respond to the shooting, and to rally other people to call and email their elected officials and get involved in fighting for tougher gun laws.
Our mass shooting problem is a domestic violence problem, too: Immediate steps we can take to disarm abusers
Next, Congress can finish a job it started over 20 years ago. Back in 1994, it barred abusers under restraining orders from having guns. Soon after, it did the same for convicted abusers. But those prohibitions only apply if the abuser has been married to the victim, or if they cohabited or had a child together. This so-called “boyfriend loophole” remains in federal law to this day — despite the fact that, if you look at the data, as many women are killed by boyfriends as by spouses. Legislation already introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Mn.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), and Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) proposes closing the “boyfriend loophole” — and keeping guns from abusive dating partners and convicted stalkers nationwide.
Buildings across U.S. to light up orange for Las Vegas shooting victims
The color orange came to symbolize the push to end gun violence after a Chicago teenager, Hadiya Pendleton, was shot dead in her hometown a week after performing at Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. “In some ways, it is like a candle, and we use candles to honor people,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety. Some buildings are lit up in orange for a few nights each June to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day. But Mr. Feinblatt said he hoped that since the current campaign would last for a longer period of time, it would linger as a reminder of the human toll of gun violence while debates on gun control legislation, including a ban on bump stocks, proceed on federal and state levels.
Moms who became gun control activists are now running for office
The trend is a perhaps a sign of a changing conversation nationwide over gun safety, but is also clearly the result of the work of an increasingly powerful grassroots lobbying group, Moms Demand Action. The organization has encouraged its volunteers to not only petition lawmakers, but run themselves. Moms Demand Action was founded in 2012 after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 20 young children and six adults. Over just the past three years, it has grown from 4,500 active volunteers to nearly 70,000, with chapters in every state. "For nearly five years, Moms Demand Action volunteers have been working in statehouses to demand that more is done to prevent gun violence," the group's founder, Shannon Watts, told ABC News. "I couldn't be more proud of the volunteers who are now determined to run for their statehouses, school boards and city councils to ensure constituents’ voices are louder than gun lobbyists.
The NRA wants gun owners to carry everywhere. Here’s why they shouldn’t
Jonas Oransky, deputy legal director at Everytown for Gun Safety, said he has seen a significant loosening of concealed carry laws in recent years. Since 2014, eight states have repealed their permit requirements altogether, bringing the total number of states allowing people to carry without any permit whatsoever to 12. “Concealed carry reciprocity would be the worst possible outcome for concealed carry laws ― gutting state gun laws and forcing all states to live with the most dangerous systems,” he said. He called Boston University’s research one of two landmark studies this year on the issue, pointing also to a working paper published in June by John Donohue, a professor at Stanford Law School. It found states that adopted right-to-carry laws experienced a 13 to 15 percent increase in violent crime in the 10 years after enacting those laws.
Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, and more stars have a very specific plan for rejecting the N.R.A.
The Oscar winner said that when she spoke out about her anger on social media, she only received backlash from people who accused her of “threatening the second amendment.” Moore took her anger and passion and began to e-mail everyone she knew about what she regards as a “nonpartisan issue,” a “safety resolution.” In 2015, inspired by Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts, and by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moore created the Creative Council for Everytown for Gun Safety.
What happens to survivors of mass shootings like Las Vegas?
Mary Reed was shot three times during the shooting at a January 2011 event in Tucson for then Rep. Gabby Giffords. Reed tells Rolling Stone people have expressed to her, "I don't want to speak with her – she was only injured. I want to speak with someone who was really affected." Reed, who attended the event with her husband and two young children, was shot while shielding her daughter from gunfire. She now lives with a bullet lodged in a nerve bundle near her spine, causing intractable chronic pain. For her, every new mass shooting reminds her of how society focuses on killers and fatalities, but tends to forget those who live through such tragedies with injuries or disabilities.
Nevada must enforce its own background-check law, legal suit demands
Furthermore, the law has so far had the opposite effect of its intent. Before its passage, unauthorized sellers could seek out a background check but were not required to. Now, with no avenue to conduct them, all background checks on guns sold by unlicensed sellers have been halted. The suit says this has left “law-abiding citizens who want the assurance of a background check prior to selling a gun to another citizen without any mechanism to obtain one”. Elizabeth Becker, a volunteer with the Nevada chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, said: “Our governor and attorney general now face a clear choice: will they keep dragging their feet on enforcing the law voters passed last year, or will they start working with the FBI to implement it? “Last week was a terrifying wake-up call about why strong gun laws matter, and parents like me won’t sit idly by as our leaders refuse to their jobs. Our volunteers will be doing all we can to urge the governor and attorney general to take action to enforce the law Nevadans voted for."
What I learned from my mother’s suicide
My mother, like far too many others, was debilitated by depression. Depression made her think the world, my world, would be better off without her. At the young age of 27, with a 20-month-old child, she couldn’t have been more wrong. I wish someone would’ve stepped in and gotten her the help she so desperately needed — the kind of help I’m grateful to have myself. No matter how dark my own thoughts may get, I owe it to my kids, to my wife and to myself to struggle through every second of my own depression so I can emerge a stronger person. I will break the cycle. Now 18, my daughter is a first-year in college. I wish her grandmother had been around to help move her into the dorms, and to have those intimate conversations about life’s difficulties that bond grandchild to grandparent. But as my daughter goes through the ups and downs of college, a daunting and exhilarating experience, I’m grateful she’ll always know her dad is just a phone call away.
Hundreds of gun violence survivors pen open letter urging elected officials for action
Hundreds of gun violence survivors have come together to pen an open letter to their government representatives following Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and left more than 500 injured. “We know firsthand that shootings devastated families and communities across our country every single day, and we will live with the effects of gun violence for the rest of our lives,” says the letter, which was signed by more than 370 survivors from 48 states. The letter was released by the Everytown Survivor Network in an effort to urge members of Congress and President Trump to “prioritize American lives over the NRA’s agenda,” according to an Everytown spokesperson.”
This change in law will save women's lives
“Since I founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America nearly five years ago, volunteers across the country have worked tirelessly to pass laws to help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. In that time, 25 states have passed these life-saving bills. In Rhode Island, Moms Demand Action volunteers spent three years meeting with lawmakers, testifying at hearings, and organizing their communities to support this legislation. And finally, despite strong opposition from the NRA, we won — Rhode Island families won. Rhode Island isn’t an anomaly. Just this year, eight states, including Rhode Island, have passed bills to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. The other states – Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Tennessee and Utah – are almost all states with Republican legislatures or governors. Lawmakers and their voters – the majority of whom are women – know protecting women from armed abusers isn’t partisan: it’s a matter of life and death.”
States move to restrict domestic abusers from carrying guns
But gun control advocates argue that federal laws are not strong enough and additional protections must be passed on the state level, in part because state laws are easier for local authorities to enforce. The biggest issue, they say, is that the federal statute doesn’t provide a mechanism for those convicted of abuse charges to turn in the guns they already own. It is, they argue, essentially on the honor system. “You’re prohibited from buying firearms, but you can go home and access the firearms you already have,” said Sarah Tofte, research director for Everytown for Gun Safety. The gun control group and its grassroots arm, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have worked on the legislation in Rhode Island and other states.
Everytown, gun control group, turns on spigot in Virginia elections with $1 million
The fund is donating $450,000 directly to gubernatorial contender Ralph Northam, and spending $250,000 on mailers on his behalf. It’s also giving $300,000 to Attorney General Mark Herring for his re-election bid, as he faces attack advertising from the National Rifle Association. “We are making this initial investment because Ralph Northam and Mark Herring have been forceful champions for gun violence prevention in Virginia, while their opponents subscribe to a dangerous ‘guns everywhere’ agenda,” Brynne Craig, a senior strategist for Everytown, said in a statement. Everytown, a New York-based advocacy group largely bankrolled by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has been a big spender in recent Virginia contests.
What the 2 deadliest mass shootings this year have in common
It is too soon to know whether the Plano shooting was preceded by warning signs, but in the Mississippi case, Godbolt had been accused of domestic violence in the past, and was previously subject to a restraining order. “American gun violence is inextricably linked to domestic violence: More than half of American women killed with guns are killed by their current or former partner,” said Sarah Tofte, director of research and implementation at Everytown. “Anyone who cares about domestic violence should care about disarming abusers."
Silent but deadly: Gun industry eyes a sneaky and dangerous new revenue stream
On Tuesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources will hear testimony about the innocuously titled “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” (or SHARE Act), introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan, a South Carolina Republican. Buried in the middle of a bunch of provisions regarding hunting and fishing on federal lands, however, is a provision that would roll back parts of an 80-year-old law — passed in response to the St. Valentine’s Day massacre of 1929 — that regulates the sale of firearm silencers. “Silencers distort the sound of a gun, and in the wrong hands, they put people’s safety at risk,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, explained to Salon.
Moms Demand Action, Everytown flex grassroots muscle to defeat the NRA’s dangerous agenda
Over the August congressional recess, Moms Demand Action volunteers and survivors of gun violence completed another phase of our full-force campaign against “Concealed Carry Reciprocity,” flexing our grassroots muscle and springing an army of volunteers into action in congressional districts all over the country. After collecting more than 400,000 signed postcards from constituents, urging Congress to reject the NRA’s dangerous agenda, volunteers held in-person meetings and events with more than 200 members of Congress or their staff – Republicans and Democrats alike – to talk about how “Concealed Carry Reciprocity” would make their communities less safe.
When hate comes armed with a gun
Since the death of my friend Clementa Pickney and eight others at Mother Emanuel, I have dedicated my time to volunteering with the Mississippi chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. I was shocked to learn that in most states, it is legal for people to openly-carry loaded, semi-automatic rifles in public. Most states don’t explicitly prohibit open carry, so, because the law is silent, open carry is legal. This is what we call the “open carry loophole.
NRA seeks to mainstream — and monetize — the alt-right’s paranoid, racist talking points
For years, the gun lobby quietly dog-whistled to white supremacists,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America, which is part of Everytown for Gun Safety. “But as gun sales plummet under this administration, they are now openly trafficking in paranoia and fear, and inciting violence in order to advance an increasingly radical ‘more guns for anyone, anywhere’ agenda to sell more guns.
Ban the open carry of firearms
They might try to rationalize their conduct as protected by the First and Second Amendments, but let’s not be fooled. Those who came to Charlottesville openly carrying firearms were neither conveying a nonviolent political message, nor engaged in self defense nor protecting hearth and home. Plain and simple, public terror is not protected under the Constitution. That has been the case though history. And now is the time to look to that history and prohibit open carry, before the next Charlottesville.
Charleston relative: Charlottesville a stark reminder of racism's cost
According to Everytown For Gun Safety, a nonpartisan organization devoted to reducing gun violence, more than 20 hate crimes involving a gun take place in our country every single day -- this amounts to more than 8,000 a year. And when we look at a state like Virginia, where the white supremacist rally was held, and which allows the open carry of firearms on its streets, we begin to see how guns coupled with racism, misogyny, sexism, homophobia or transphobia can be used to intimidate marginalized Americans.
The stroller brigade that's pushing around the NRA
Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. She's been an astute observer, and opponent, of the National Rifle Association, which recently released a new video in what might be called its culture-war series. This one features NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch issuing an attack on the New York Times. Addressing the paper directly, Loesch promises, gangland style, ‘We're coming for you.’ Watts is a former communications executive who, after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, launched a Facebook group seeking ways to reduce gun violence. Moms Demand Action, which is supported by Bloomberg L.P. founder Michael Bloomberg, evolved from that original group. It's becoming a potent force in gun politics throughout the U.S.
It's time to talk about gun violence, hate and protecting the transgender community
With all of these factors at play, we must discuss the violence currently threatening our trans brothers and sisters in the United States. Last year was the deadliest year on record for transgender individuals, with at least 27 killed – more than half of them with guns. The majority of the victims were Black trans women.
Introducing the Gun Law Navigator, a new way to study American gun laws
Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. Starting from our early days as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, we have set out to be a research hub for the movement, studying the unique US gun violence scourge — which kills 93 Americans on an average day and injures hundreds more — and how different solutions can help to make the country safer. We’ve worked to elevate important studies from leading experts, and we’ve conducted our own research on a range of topics, producing written reports about how weak gun laws are associated with illegal gun trafficking, with dangerous online gun sales, with increased ‘stand your ground’ gun homicide, and with failure to get necessary records into the background check system.
Amid bad weeks for the NRA, gun lobby misleads the public about dangerous bill
With the losses piling up, the gun lobby and its allies are getting desperate. Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action responded to the latest incendiary, fear-mongering ad from NRA leadership, which has drawn condemnation from groups and individuals across the political spectrum – including gun owners and non-gun owners, and a former CIA analyst, who said the ad ‘fuels American extremists.’ And as the gun lobby’s “guns for anyone, anywhere” agenda stalls in DC, one congressman is trying to jumpstart it with the argument that enacting “Concealed Carry Reciprocity” would be akin to the current system for recognizing driver’s licenses across state lines.
I’m the mother of a victim of gun violence, & there’s one question you need to ask before every playdate
Check out the Be SMART program, a campaign spearheaded by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The campaign is focused on what we can all do to protect vulnerable kids by storing guns locked, unloaded and separately from ammunition, and taking steps to make sure children never get unauthorized access to unsecured guns. The program includes information about how to ask our friends, family and other parents about guns in the home and how they are stored.
The NRA's silence on Philando Castile's death is shameful
In the death of Philando Castile, I find myself in an unusual position with the NRA leaders: We should be on the same side. Philando Castile was a law-abiding gun owner, and the gun lobby has never hesitated to gin up fury over even the perception of someone infringing on the rights of gun owners. It stands to reason that NRA leaders should put their sizable muscle into condemning the police shooting of a man precisely because he was legally carrying a weapon.
Children are dying because of America’s lax gun policies
It also underscores the importance of safely storing guns to prevent both unintentional and intentional shootings. The risk of suicide increases in homes where guns are kept unlocked and loaded, and a previous analysis of school shootings by Everytown for Gun Safety showed that more than half the perpetrators obtained guns from home. There are no laws at the federal level making it a crime to leave a firearm accessible to a child, and, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, just 14 states have laws that make adults criminally liable for negligently storing firearms when a child gains access. Massachusetts is the only state that generally requires all firearms be safely stored in a locked container or with a trigger lock when the owner is not carrying the gun.
In wake of Scalise shooting, gun control couldn’t be more urgent
Far too many Americans know what it’s like to be shot or have a loved one killed by gun violence, and we owe it to each other to come together, and finally do something about it. Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, an American hero and gun violence survivor herself, put it best when she said Wednesday that, “This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy.” This country, and our democracy, belongs to us all – and we owe it to each other to work together, to prevent more senseless gun violence.
How gun violence terrorizes the body and mind: A survivor from Steve Scalise's district relays her story
It has been almost 23 years since I was shot, and there are still days when the grief and trauma becomes overwhelming. I lost so much of my youth because of the actions of one hate-fueled person. No amount of therapy, prayer or goodwill will ever bring that back. This week’s shooting outside our nation’s capital reminds us that gun violence does not discriminate. It affects women, men and children from all socioeconomic backgrounds, political ideologies, religious creeds and sexual and gender identities. It does not care if you live in a “good” neighborhood or impoverished one, if you are from middle America or urban America. That is why we must all come together as a community and as a nation to support one another.
My son was killed at the Pulse Nightclub; these hate crimes need to end
Remembering our Jerry, as well as all those who were killed in Orlando, Charleston, and many other nameless, faceless attacks, we are joining Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for #DisarmHate week from June 12 to 18 — to honor those killed in hate-fueled gun violence tragedies and to demand that our leaders do more to prevent the hate crimes that occur in America every day.
I couldn't stay silent after Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed
Next year, I’ll graduate from college and my family will have the chance to watch me walk across the stage to get my diploma. Hadiya never had this privilege; she never even had the chance to graduate from high school – one rite of passage, along with countless others, that she should have experienced with her loving parents and brother as witnesses. Wear Orange isn’t about politics or choosing sides. It’s about making America safer for every single American. Together we have the power to take action to save lives, and what better way to start than by joining us on June 2 to #WearOrange?
It’s harder in New Mexico to get a driver’s license than a gun
I think that we have become somewhat desensitized to the problem of gun violence—that this is just a common thing that happens. It does not have to be this way. We do not need to accept this as a society. We can make a difference. We can make an impact. The good news is, we are working toward it and we’re not going to go away. We will get there eventually. I am proud and feel humbled and privileged to be a part of it. For me, it is speaking truth to power and turning my grief into action. I’m going to continue to stand my sacred ground on this. And until this bloodshed ends, I’m going to fight the numbness. For my mom and all the victims and survivors of gun violence, I am screaming. And that’s what I can do.
No one wants to join a club like this
No one wants to join a club like this. But when you are personally affected by the senseless gun violence in this country and you don’t want another mother, another parent, to have to go on this journey, joining Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America can help. It’s been good for me to share my voice, to speak out about the experiences and the pain that gun violence has inflicted on our family. Together we can stand and say not one more, not one more parent or one more child’s life taken by gun violence.
Gun safety org taps book professionals for new advocacy group
Taylor Maxwell, press secretary for Everytown, said that the Authors Council emerged “organically” after Everytown’s second #WearOrange Day, first held on June 2, 2015. (The date is tied to the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teenager killed by a random shooter less than two weeks after participating in President Obama’s 2013 inauguration festivities.) Approximately 50 authors participated in #WearOrange day on June 2, 2016, including Jodi Picoult, Caroline Leavitt, Julianna Baggott, Gayle Forman, Sarah McCoy, and Julie Klam. These authors subsequently requested to form a group similar to Everytown’s Creative Council, which is comprised of actors and others in the television/film industry and has been spearheaded by Julianne Moore since its launch two years ago.
The first thing I think about on Mother's Day:' 8 moms affected by gun violence share their hopes for real gun reform in America
Not a day goes by that I don't miss my son, but on Mother's Day, I bury my face in his old polos and try to remember the feel of the hugs I'll never again receive. I’ll try to turn that mournful sadness into resolve once again. Jordan died, but I am still his mom. And on Mother's Day — and every other day — I fight to end gun violence through my work with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. I was not able to save Jordan. But I can save other moms from going through a Mother’s Day without their children.
The color of protest
Wear Orange started in 2015, on what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday. Since its inception, Kim Kardashian, Mrs. Clinton, Stephen Curry, Amy Schumer and the Obamas have all lent their star power to the campaign. Last year, 225,000 people showed solidarity at the event through the color of their attire. Presumably they will do so again when Everytown follows up the dinner on Thursday with its annual Brooklyn Bridge march on June 2. Expect the streets to become a tangerine dream.
Moms Demand Action goes toe-to-toe with the NRA
That’s why Moms Demand Action volunteers and gun violence survivors will be in Atlanta this weekend, and will continue to show up in D.C. and in every statehouse and boardroom in the country until this crisis is addressed. We are the counterweight—and we won’t stop showing up and speaking out until our nation’s lawmakers put the safety of our families and communities above the profits of the gun lobby.
My son was shot in the Head by a stray bullet. This is why sensible gun laws matter.
Because this wasn’t the life my son ever deserved, I have become his voice, and not only his but the voice of so many others who have been silenced too soon. As a member of the Everytown Survivor Network, a local voice for gun violence prevention in Indianapolis, and most importantly, a mom, I advocate for common-sense gun legislation in the US.
Gun control groups ready for showdown with NRA: 'We'll spend what it takes
Everytown, which was founded after the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut which left 20 first graders dead, now claims nearly 4 million supporters, he said. Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a group that is part of Everytown, have been showing up at congressional town halls and asking questions about the coming reciprocity bill, Feinblatt said.“We’ve built a national network, particularly in key states where we think this is going to be a battleground, and we’re making our voices heard,” he said.
My father was killed at Virginia Tech. I’m still fighting the NRA’s dangerous agenda.
Gun-violence survivors and gun-safety advocates are no longer sitting on the sidelines. The gun lobby can’t push its dangerous agenda without opposition. I’m proud to work with my fellow advocates to fight such legislation. In the long run, we will win this fight for life and defeat the gun lobby. It will be a long fight, but if there’s one thing my father taught me, it’s that you fight for what is right. After all, fighting to prevent gun violence is the least we can do for our loved ones.
Guns in America: Group vows to defeat NRA-backed concealed carry effort
Through their new campaign, first reported by Politico Monday morning, Everytown and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America vow to activate their more than 3 million supporters in all 50 states to call and write to their elected officials, and to show up at town hall meetings to hold lawmakers accountable for their votes on gun legislation. They are calling on their supporters to invest financially in this campaign at least through the 2018 elections.
The fight for gun sense in America
Amy Ramaker is a chapter leader with the California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and became involved with the organization after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old [gunman] fatally shot 20 children. “I was devastated by the murders at Sandy Hook, and honestly felt numb thinking about the number and the ages of the children murdered,” Amy recalls. “Of course, it made me think of my own children. Then when the incident where four people were killed and eight injured in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara, I felt like I had to do something. I saw a flyer for a group fighting gun violence to be held at a local coffee shop. The group was called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
The Red Pom Hat on The Fearless Girl (and the Wall Street Bro)
The antidote is for women — who make up a majority of the voting electorate and make 80 percent of the financial decisions for our families — to stay vigilant, pay attention and work together. And we know it works: Moms Demand Action has more than 3 million supporters, a chapter in all 50 states and our favorite pastime is beating back gun lobby bills that would put more guns in more places, no questions asked. In 2017 alone, we have already seen success in Montana and Wyoming, of all places.
The Invisible Way Guns Are Used To Keep Women In Abusive Relationships
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, which is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, said Sorenson’s study provides even further evidence that gun violence and domestic violence doesn’t always look like someone being shot. “Injuries and homicides are just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “We may be missing many common ways that guns are being used to perpetuate abuse, whether it’s physical or mental.
Doctors can’t be barred from speaking to patients about guns
Luckily, physicians’ First Amendment rights don’t end at the clinic door, and at the urging of gun-violence prevention experts at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which filed to challenge the law, as well as Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which also joined in, the 11th Circuit court made this abundantly clear.
My mother is gone; others may be saved
On the anniversary this week, we’ve asked others to honor my mother through action. My husband and I spent Feb. 8 at the state Capitol in Santa Fe with members of the New Mexico chapter of Moms Demand Action and other fellow neighbors to call on legislators to pass Senate Bill 48/House Bill 50. The bill – introduced by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, and Sens. Richard Martinez, D-Española, and Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe – will address the glaring loophole in New Mexico state law that allows criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to obtain guns from unlicensed sellers with no background check, no questions asked. SB 48/HB 50 would close this deadly loophole by requiring a criminal background check for all gun sales.
Quillen professor: Teaching children about guns is labor intensive, but effective
More effective programs supported by the clinical psychologist include the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund’s Be Smart campaign, which advises gun-owning adults to secure all guns in their homes and vehicles, model responsible behavior with firearms, ask others about the presence of unsecured guns in their homes before their children visit, recognize the risks of teen suicide and tell others about the program.
America's gun extremists have an ally in Trump – our lives depend on fighting them
I have a message for the gun lobby and the lawmakers who do its bidding: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is not going anywhere. Together with Everytown for Gun Safety, we are three million strong with chapters in all 50 states. For us, the safety of our communities and our children's lives are on the line, so there is no doubt we will be blocking the NRA leadership's agenda at every turn and continuing our fight for an America free from gun violence.
Lucy McBath: We Cannot Stop With One Day Or One March — We Must Continue To Fight
Over the years, I have become passionate about working to prevent senseless gun violence that disproportionately affects women and people of color. Given my role with Everytown For Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I fight for the safety of our communities daily. This week, I testified before the Florida State Legislature opposing a dangerous Stand Your Ground bill.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense founder Shannon Watts fights to keep the nation’s children safe
Renamed Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the group grew to 130,000 members in its first year, with chapters in every state. In 2013, MDA partnered with Mayors Against Illegal Guns. A year later, both organizations became part of Everytown for Gun Safety. Combined, MDA and Everytown have three million members who email and write letters, make calls and turn up in person, en masse, to advocate for measures designed to reduce gun violence. So many moms started showing up — with their children in tow — that the MDA began holding “Stroller Jams.” “This would create such a logjam in the statehouses, that lawmakers couldn’t get by without talking to us,” Watt says.
Four years after Sandy Hook, Moms Demand Action leading the charge for stronger gun laws
Just four years later, Moms Demand Action has become the Mothers Against Drunk Driving of gun safety. As the grassroots arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, we have a chapter in every state and more than three million supporters, making us the largest gun violence prevention movement in the country. What we’ve accomplished in just four years is astounding. Gun safety was the silver lining of the 2016 election: Ballot initiatives in Nevada, Washington and California resulted in new, life-saving gun safety laws, despite strong opposition from the gun lobby. We supported candidates who put gun safety first and ousted those who put the gun lobby before the public safety of their constituents.
I taught at Sandy Hook — & now I need your help
Since the shootings in Newtown, we’ve fought hard and, in some cases, we’ve won. Eight states have strengthened or passed laws requiring background checks since December 2012. We’ve fought to keep guns out of K-12 schools and off college campuses. Major corporations like Starbucks, Target, Chipotle, and just recently, Levi’s, have acted to make their customers safer. A chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America now exists in every state to make sure legislators know their constituents care about gun safety. And now the volunteers of Moms Demand Action are organizing teachers, professors, administrators, paraeducators, staff, and faculty across the country who are concerned about gun violence in the education space.
4 years after Newtown, gun control advocates tailor efforts
We're pivoting to the states and to American businesses and saying, 'OK, when Congress won't protect constituents, it's up to state lawmakers and companies to protect their constituents and customers,'" said Shannon Watts, who founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America following the Sandy Hook shooting of Dec. 14, 2012. "It's a proven, effective strategy and winning strategy. And we're going to keep at it as long as it takes — to point Congress and the Supreme Court in the direction the nation is headed in." Watts' group counts 3 million people as members, and she said it has benefited from a surge of interest since the election, with standing-room-only events in West Virginia and the Carolinas following Trump's win. Among its next priorities, the group wants to help pass a requirement for background checks on gun buyers in New Mexico and to defeat an Ohio bill that would allow guns in areas including daycare centers, police stations and colleges.
There have been 200 shootings of police this year
Day and night, police officers run toward danger to keep the rest of us safe, and this tragic milestone is a sobering reminder of the risks they face,” said John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president. “We have to reduce those risks, and data shows that we can ― by making it harder for criminals to get guns. It’s long past time to close the dangerous loophole in our laws that lets criminals buy guns with no background check and no questions asked.
Call the NRA’s bluff, enforce gun laws: Feds must throw the book at offenders
If Trump and Sessions are serious about upholding the law, they can adopt basic information-technology improvements, beef up prosecutors’ offices, and put teeth in the laws. Sessions’ home state of Alabama has the third worst gun homicide rate in the country, so steps like these should be at the top of his to-do list. The alternative? Falling for the old gun lobby canard that making America safer portends the extinction of our constitutional rights. Safety and the Second Amendment can and do live together. So call the gun lobby’s bluff, and get tough on crime.
Donald Trump won’t silence us
Now is the time to dig in and stand united against any attempt to dismantle life-saving gun laws. Together with Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action has more than three million supporters and chapters in all 50 states. We will ensure the president-elect and the extremist leadership of the NRA do not undermine our safety. With their champion newly elected to the White House, the NRA will almost certainly push to quickly enact its reckless agenda in Washington and in our statehouses. Moms Demand Action volunteers will not shrink from that challenge – we will keep fighting until our country truly is safe from gun violence in everyday life.
As women, we’ve mourned - now it’s time to take action
As the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an army of volunteers in every state fighting for gun safety, I am committed to doubling down on fighting the gun lobby's radical, dystopian vision for our country. Given that the National Rifle Association was the largest outside donor to Donald Trump, our movement will need to become stronger than ever to hold the line in Congress and statehouses.
Ballot measures tightening firearm access enjoy good night
The measures in California, Maine, Nevada and Washington drew millions of dollars in outside money from gun-control groups including the Michael Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety, which broadly outspent the National Rifle Association. The NRA and gun-rights groups fought the background-check measures with a slick campaign of their own, arguing that they penalized law-abiding gun owners and rendered virtually all private transfers illegal. Everytown gave more than $14 million to the Nevada campaign compared with about $7 million spent by the National Rifle Association in opposition to the measure, according to Nevada campaign-finance records. Everytown invested about $7 million in Maine, and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group founded by former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, her husband, chipped in about $500,000 in support of the background-check expansion, records show.
Why Julianne Moore is standing up for gun safety: ‘This is about us finding our voice’
So the Hunger Games and Children of Men star joined forces with Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the U.S., to launch the Everytown Creative Council, which includes members of the creative community who support gun violence prevention. Moore chairs the council, which also counts as members Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian West. “It’s about safety and preventing gun violence,” Moore tells PEOPLE. “Growing up, I didn’t feel like there was a problem in the U.S. with guns. I knew plenty of people who had guns. Ronald Reagan signed the assault rifle ban, and suddenly the NRA became a huge lobbying force, and guns became an untouchable issue.
Note to Trump: Like gun violence, misogyny is deadly
Gun violence has become an issue so important to women that they will remember where candidates stand on gun safety when they go to the polls in November. That’s because American women are 16 times more likely to be killed with guns than women in other high-income countries. On average, 51 American women are shot to death by a current or former intimate partner every month. And the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. - 57 percent - involve domestic violence, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.
Why we need to talk about Trump's latest comments & violence against women
It’s an odd thing to feel lucky after experiencing years of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. But I survived. Every month, 51 American women are shot and killed by current or former spouses or intimate partners, according to Everytown for Gun Safety research. The gun lobby likes to claim that protecting ourselves from gun violence is about keeping us safe from strangers in a dark alley, but the facts don’t back that up. Women are twice as likely to be killed with a gun by a current or former male intimate partner than killed by a stranger using any method, combined.
The huge piece of the gun debate that no one is talking about
The 2017 federal budget, which is still under negotiation in advance of a December 9 deadline, will mark 20 years since Congress last approved federal funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct research into gun violence. And that's a big problem, advocates for gun control say. “When you don’t have good research and a shared set of facts, you will find it very hard to find consensus on how the world works, and how different, perhaps contradictory, sets of values should operate within it,” Ted Alcorn, the director of innovation at research and advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, said in an interview.
Groups pushing gun control target Cedar Rapids lawmaker Ken Rizer
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety are targeting first-term Rep. Ken Rizer, R-Cedar Rapids, because he supported a change in Iowa law they say would repeal background checks for private gun purchases. The first of four fliers Everytown plans to send House 68 residents is in the mail today. “There have been a lot of lawmakers who have sided with the gun lobby over the safety and security of Iowa families,” Amber Gustafson of Ankeny, president of the Iowa chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said Wednesday. “Ken’s one of them. He has consistently stood in the path of good gun legislation and has consistently supported things to make us markedly less safe.
Gun control hits the ballot in November
It’s a political sea change,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said of the growing attention to the issue. For years, "both Democrats and Republicans thought it was the third rail of American politics. It was very hard for us to engage people on this issue, certainly in Washington." “In many ways, that gave rise to our ballot strategy because while the NRA (National Rifle Association) could have politicians in their pockets, they couldn’t really have the people in their pockets,” he said.
Sunday Paper Q&A: Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action
Shannon Watts is a mom on a mission. The founder of the grassroots movement Moms Demand Action, Shannon started the organization the day after the tragic violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Ever since, she and her fellow supporters have been advocating in D.C. and in communities across America for public safety measures that will keep our kids, and all of us, safe. Moms Demand Action has a chapter in every state and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the U.S.
Jordan Davis’ mother: What I want Trump to know about gun violence
As a June report by Everytown for Gun Safety and the National Urban League documents, there are some local programs that are reducing gun violence on neighborhood-by-neighborhood levels. But ask anyone involved, and they’ll tell you: The list of challenges they’re up against is long. In this country, 32 states — including Indiana, which borders the city of Chicago — have what’s called a “private sale loophole” in which criminals and other dangerous people can obtain guns online or at gun shows, without a background check, no questions asked. Across the U.S., these states contribute a disproportionate share of the guns traced from crime scenes to a sale in another state.
Why two top gun control advocates are supporting Republicans over Democrats in two key Senate races
And former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent and Hillary Clinton supporter, endorsed Toomey earlier this month, citing the senator's leading role on a background check bill after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. Bloomberg's super PAC released an ad with the daughter of the Sandy Hook principal saying she's "grateful" for Toomey. In Pennsylvania, grass-roots groups affiliated with Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety group are actively campaigning for Toomey over his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty. The message is clear: The gun control movement has the back of Republicans who cross party lines for their cause.
Q and A with Erica Smegielski on gun safety legislation, Hillary Clinton, and your need to vote
Erica first became involved with Everytown in the follow-up to the vote on Manchin-Toomey, when she was actively pushing for the legislation. Erica is on staff at Everytown as a Partnerships Manager. She has authored numerous Op-Eds supporting common-sense gun legislation, and has spoken at fundraisers all over the country. She also famously called out Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) for refusing to support the Manchin-Toomey bill. Whether or not you saw her speech during the Democratic National Convention, you certainly have been affected by her ongoing work at Everytown to bring common-sense change to our current network of state and federal gun safety laws.
Donald Trump just doesn't get it when it comes to gun violence
When Trump implies his opponent should be shot, or makes insensitive "jokes," or associates with people who cast doubt on mass murder, he belittles the experience of the hundreds of thousands of Americans whose loved ones have been killed by gun violence, and he incites and legitimizes the most extreme voices. Time and again, Trump has proven that his would be an administration completely devoid of empathy.
My son was murdered in a mass attack. Trump's talk of gun violence horrifies me
As the parent of a son who was shot and killed, the way Donald Trump talks so callously about gun violence horrifies me. Early in the campaign, he said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any voters. And this week, he suggested that gun violence could be a way to deal with Hillary Clinton because she wants to “essentially abolish the second amendment”. It’s not as if he shouldn’t know his words incite violence. He recently pointed Katy Tur, who covers Trump for NBC, out to the crowd at a campaign event – and afterwards she had to be escorted out of the event by the secret service for her own safety.
NRA circles the wagons around Trump
This is yet another example of how the NRA is not the hunting and sporting organization of our grandfather's generation -- rather they are showing their true colors as the craven lobby of gun manufacturers,” said Erika Soto Lamb, communications director for Everytown for Gun Safety USA, a gun-control group backed by Michael Bloomberg. "The NRA does not represent the interests of the vast majority of responsible gun owners who know that the Second Amendment should never be used as a threat or to incite violence.
Gun extremists have been coming after women for years – We aren’t scared & neither is Hillary
We won't be silenced. And Hillary Clinton will not be bullied by Trump, who is in lockstep with the NRA and its dangerous "guns everywhere" agenda. While this is a new spin on trying to intimidate a female gun violence prevention champion, it will fail, just as it has failed with Moms Demand Action volunteers across the country. It comes down to this: Our opponents are afraid someone will take away their guns. We are afraid our children will be shot and killed. You tell me who has more fight in them.
Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian have lunch with gun violence survivors: 'Not one more!'
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars joined organizations Moms Demand Action – a grassroots movement of Americans who demand reasonable solutions to address the nation’s culture of gun violence – and Everytown for Gun Safety – a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities – to discuss gun violence and safety.
Gun safety ticket marks new era in national politics
When Senator Kaine takes the convention stage as a candidate for vice president on Wednesday, he’ll speak after Erica Smegielski — an advocate with Everytown for Gun Safety, and the daughter of the principal who was fatally shot at Sandy Hook. Lucy McBath — a spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and whose son was shot and killed in a dispute over loud music — will already have spoken on Tuesday night.”
Mothers of the Movement to speak at Democratic National Convention
She's the first presidential candidate that I'm aware of that has just said, 'This is a national crisis. It has to be dealt with,'" said Lucia McBath, whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot at a Florida gas station for playing his music too loudly. "Our communities and our families will never be safe unless we deal with gun violence in this country." The mothers -- who also include Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who died in prison, and Cleopatra Cowley, the mother of Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot in a Chicago park with friends -- will also appear in a campaign video for Clinton that will debut tonight at the DNC.
Orlando victim’s parents: Why we’re going to DC one month later
We decided to spend this very sad anniversary urging our elected leaders in Congress to pass common-sense laws that will keep guns out of dangerous hands. We decided to thank leaders like Senator Bill Nelson and Representative Carlos Curbelo for standing up for public safety. We’ll ask Senator Marco Rubio — who as fellow Republicans, we have supported in the past — to stand with our family and put the safety of Floridians ahead of the extremist gun lobby.
Daughter of Sandy Hook victim to protest while Ayotte gives speech
Lafferty said imposing bans on those on the “no-fly list” is a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough. She said she will continue to advocate for gun reform until no one is able to purchase a firearm without first passing a comprehensive background check. “I know that my mom would continue to fight for me, and it’s the very least that I can do for all the other survivors and family members of victims that I’ve met along the way, and for all of the people who don’t even know that gun violence is going to impact their life.
House vote proves gun lobby allies playing same old game
Why try to bring this zombie gun lobby “solution” back to life? It’s an election year. First after the San Bernardino attack and again after Orlando, senators got the chance to go on the record as voting to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. That’s good politics, of course. Over 80 percent of the public agrees that we should close the so-called “Terror Gap” and not allow terror suspects to buy guns. Not all Terror Gap proposals are created equal, though. Read the letter of the gun lobby’s, and you see it isn’t serious. It’s unworkable. Try to enforce it, and the FBI would find it easier to indict a suspected terrorist than it would be to block a gun purchase. Try to adhere to the legal standard it establishes, and law enforcement would have to show, in court and within 72 hours, that a suspect will actually commit an act of terrorism.
My Mom was the principal killed at Sandy Hook — But here's what I really want you to know
It's moments like that one that make my work really difficult sometimes. Not only am I grieving the murder of my mother, which happened in super public way — I now do this advocacy work for a living, working as the Senior Outreach Associate at Everytown for Gun Safety. Some states do have really good gun laws and require background checks on every gun sale. The problem is that guns don’t abide by state lines. It’s easy for someone to drive to Indiana and then bring a gun back to Illinois, which is a large part of the problem there.
For a gay dad and head of a gun safety group, Orlando was personal
The organization I lead, Everytown for Gun Safety, has 3.5 million supporters and volunteers in all 50 states. Gun violence survivors and our Moms Demand Action volunteers are our vanguard. They’re the everyday Americans who — by turning the personal into the political — have transformed into advocates. They’re our movement’s heart and soul. Together, we’re charting the same political course as marriage equality. Rack up wins in the states. Swell the chorus. And, eventually, D.C. will hear us loud and clear.
An Open Letter to Rep. John Lewis from Jordan Davis’ Mother, Lucy McBath
Thank you Representative John Lewis and the colleagues who joined you for a historic sit-in demanding a vote on legislation that would close loopholes in our law that make it easy for dangerous people—including suspected terrorists—to buy guns in this country. As the daughter of a Civil Rights leader, I have long considered you a hero of mine. You found the power and authenticity to compel your colleagues—and the American people—to move for a cause. Your actions translated directly to the desire of the people in our country to save lives from gun violence.And while you sat on the floor for more than 24 hours, Americans stood in solidarity with you. I gathered with hundreds of supporters on the Capitol steps, chanting, praying and telling our stories. And while you held the floor in the House, more than 175,000 calls poured into Congress from all over the country telling their representatives to do more to keep us safe.
A ton of celebrities just signed a petition to get Congress to end gun violence
Editors at Billboard worked with the nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety to draft the letter and get music industry contacts to sign it. “Music always has been celebrated communally, on dance floors and at concert halls,” they wrote. “But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences—going to school or church or work—now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country.” Joan Jett and Lady Gaga were among the first to sign, but within a few days, 133 stars had offered their support for the movement. Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, James Corden, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nick Jonas, and Paul McCartney—the list goes on.
My mother was killed in a mass shooting and Congress did nothing. This time will be different
This time will be different. There is no alternative. This time, our anger and our intensity and our passion will overcome the callow, spineless forces on the other side. This time, groups like the one I work with, Everytown for Gun Safety, are prepared to defeat those who have allowed tragedies like Sunday's to become the status quo.
We’re with her: Hillary Clinton is the candidate for gun sense voters
And that’s why, after months of asking tough questions and carefully considering the positions of all candidates, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. We are the country’s largest gun violence prevention group with more than three million supporters — and we’re with her. Hillary is the only candidate who has consistently stood on the side of gun safety. She’s the only candidate has stood with gun violence survivors. And she’s the only candidate who has shown the backbone to stand up to the gun lobby’s extreme “guns everywhere” agenda.
Will those who weep for Harambe, also decry deaths in Chicago?
Obviously what happened was horrible, but we need to put it in perspective,” Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told MSNBC on Thursday. “Ninety-one people get shot everyday, two million children live in homes with unsecured guns in this country. That’s what keeps me up at night. Given the prevalence of gun violence, we’re all much more at risk of being shot than being trapped with a gorilla.” While Watts is troubled by that apathy that many Americans seem to treat stories of gun violence (“This is just what happens in America,” is how she encapsulates the attitude), she is encouraged by the victories her organization helped achieve despite overwhelming opposition from gun lobbyists and inactivity from lawmakers in Washington.
Clinton is the best choice to reduce gun violence
And millions of voters are supporting Hillary Clinton with gun safety top of mind. The organizations we lead, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, are proud to endorse Clinton for president. Elections are always about the future. This election is particularly historic because, for the first time, the way forward on gun safety couldn’t be clearer
Spike Lee turns Empire State Building orange to recognize gun violence victims
For the Empire State Building to kick off by turning the spire orange is a powerful way of saying this is an American movement,” Feinblatt says. “This isn’t really about politics, this isn’t really about policy. What the Empire State Building is essentially expressing is that we want to honor the people who have been killed by gun violence and we want to bring Americans together.
How losing my friend to gun violence changed me
She had no affiliation with gangs. They were shooting at children in a park. [A trial date has not been set.] But once people heard “gangs,” they wrote the whole thing off, and that’s why I’m so passionate. This is not just a South Side of Chicago problem, or a Sandy Hook problem, or a college campus problem: It’s every American’s problem. Last year Everytown for Gun Safety approached me to push our work nationwide. Our first Wear Orange campaign reached more than 200 million people. This year's is on Hadiya’s birthday, June 2nd. She would have been 19, and I’m pretty sure if she were still here, she’d be fighting right beside me.
One bullet changed our lives forever
To date, Dre has survived eight strokes, a traumatic brain injury, multiple seizures, and nine surgeries. One surgery replaced the right side of his skull; another stretched out the tendons in a contracted foot. Not only has he defied the odds—he is surpassing them. He has learned how to feed himself with assistance, and he can now answer questions by nodding yes or no, which has allowed him to help pick out his clothes again. He may never be the football player he was, or the firefighter he once wished to be, but he is a hero.
The gun was left in a kitchen cabinet
Gun violence? That happens to other people. I was delusional in thinking that every gun owner is responsible enough to properly store their firearms. That’s because I’m one of those responsible gun owners. Brooklynn is dead because I failed to ask her friend’s parents two very important questions: Do you have a gun in the house, and is it safely secured? The Glock had been left in a kitchen cabinet, loaded and chambered. Brooklynn’s friend accessed the gun while they were in the kitchen. There were no charges in Brooklynn’s death. It was ruled an accident.
When I heard the news in Charleston, I knew my mother was gone
I don’t know what I would have done without the support of other gun-violence survivors. I received a beautiful handwritten letter from Lucy McBath, whose son Jordan Davis was killed in 2012. She introduced me to a world of people who had suffered the pain of losing their loved ones from gun violence. They knew how I felt, and were there to listen and shower me with love. They also helped me to become an advocate, something I never expected to be. But there are steps we can take: Completed background checks have blocked more than 2 million sales to dangerous people who are prohibited from owning guns, saving countless lives.
Which Donald Trump will speak to the NRA?
Twenty years ago, George H.W. Bush took a similar stand when he resigned his life membership from the NRA. NRA headquarters had failed to disavow their chief lobbyist’s remark that federal agents were “jack-booted thugs” — prompting a fed-up Bush to draw a line between support for responsible gun ownership and gun lobby extremism. Which side of the NRA’s line will Trump end up on?
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So far, I am troubled by Trump’s rhetoric and his eagerness to line up with lobbyists. The NRA’s vision for America is not one I want for my children. It’s not an America where people feel safe at home, in their neighborhoods, in their schools or in their workplaces. To make America safe again, we must continue to go toe-to-toe against the gun lobby’s agenda to weaken the standards for who can carry hidden, loaded guns in public, make it easy for domestic abusers to get their hands on guns, and expand dangerous laws such as Stand Your Ground. We must keep fighting back against NRA proposals to force guns onto college campuses and into classrooms.
It’s high time for Delaware to close the ‘Charleston loophole
I may not be from Delaware and I don’t profess to know all of the subtleties of Delaware law. I do know about the unspeakable grief that accompanies the deaths of loves ones who have been killed by gun violence and in channeling my grief into action, I have learned how common-sense policies can prevent others from experiencing that sort of grief. Delaware has already acted to require background checks for all gun sales. HB325 is one way of making sure the system has time to do its job and stop dangerous people state law even stronger. I urge Delaware legislators to swiftly pass it.
Auction of gun that killed Trayvon Martin is the low point of NRA’s ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ culture
Just like this infamous gun, too many of our elected leaders are also on the auction block — available to the highest bidder regardless of concern for the constituents who elected them. Too often, they are sold to special interests because of the perceived power and influence of groups like the National Rifle Association. They become the mouth pieces for policies they do not understand the implications of — the proponents of laws that promote a culture of shoot first, ask questions later, a culture that upends traditional self-defense law and emboldens individuals to settle conflicts by reaching for their firearms, even when they can safely walk away from danger.
Mother of fatal shooting victim asks Oklahoma lawmakers to reject gun bill
She and other members of a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense came to the Capitol to register opposition to House Bill 3098, which would allow people to openly carry firearms without a license and without training. Current law requires a license, an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation background check and training for those who wish to carry a gun in the open or concealed.
Missouri ‘stand your ground’ bill is dangerous
It is down to the wire — the Missouri Legislature only has a few more days in session this year — but there’s still time to stop the dangerous trajectory this bill is on. They must understand the repercussions of their actions. I want them to understand that the policies that they are pushing through with haste, particularly “stand your ground,” would be destructive to Missouri communities.
Packing heat onto college campuses
At the same time, lawmakers in Tennessee succeeded with a partial advance of the “campus carry” gun craze, approving a measure authorizing professors and other full-time staffers with permits to go about armed on public campuses. Gov. Bill Haslam declined to either sign or veto the measure, thus non-Solomonically allowing it to become law. He contended that while his preference was to leave the issue to local college officials, some of his concerns were addressed in the bill he wouldn’t sign. Considerable opposition was voiced by college professors, students and law enforcement officials closely involved in campus life. Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America denounced the governor’s passive-aggressive enactment, complaining Mr. Haslam “failed to stand up for public safety and veto a dangerous guns on campus bill.”
Virginia on-air shooting victim’s mom ready to demand action on mother’s day weekend
Sunday will be Barbara’s first Mother’s Day without her daughter. (She has another child, a son named Drew.) This weekend, she is set to travel to New York City from her home in southern Virginia to march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The march is an annual event now in its fourth year. In an address to the crowd, she will encourage supporters to continue standing up against gun violence.
These are the threats you get when you lead a gun-safety group
Despite the constant harassment, the bottom line for me and the other Moms Demand Action volunteers is this: If we lose our children, we have nothing left to lose. We will not succumb to intimidation. We will not kowtow to bullies. We will not be silenced. Not after Sandy Hook. We refer to ourselves as “one tough mothers.” In fact, several volunteers have turned that phrase into a tattoo — a visual and constant reminder of why we fight for gun safety: because our children’s lives are at stake. And that motivation is more powerful than threats and intimidation.
The smallest fingers on the trigger
They are the most maddening gun deaths in America. Last year, at least 30 people were killed in accidental shootings in which the shooter was 5 or younger, according to Everytown For Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group that tracks these shootings, largely through news reports.
Tennessee, Georgia campus carry bills have big differences
On Tuesday Linda McFadyen-Ketchum, a volunteer with the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, noted the differences between Haslam's and Deal's decisions, while noting that many opposed the measures. "In Georgia, Governor Deal took those concerns to heart and vetoed the legislation. In Tennessee, Governor Haslam ignored his own constituents to side with the gun lobby," she said in a statement. "Tennessee college faculty, students and law enforcement said they didn’t want this. In Georgia that mattered. It’s unfortunate that here in Tennessee — in spite of close to universal opposition from college communities and Governor Haslam’s own stated concerns — our governor failed to stand up for public safety and veto a dangerous guns on campus bill.”
Georgia governor vetoes ‘campus-carry’ concealed gun bill
Lindsey Donovan, leader of the Georgia chapter of the anti-gun violence group Moms Demand Action, said she was grateful Deal "listened to Georgia students, faculty and parents." "The leadership shown by Governor Deal with this veto should stand as proof to other elected officials that this is not a partisan issue and that they too can stand up to the gun lobby," Donovan said. "I'm thrilled that our voices were heard and that the will of the gun lobby no longer goes unchecked in the state of Georgia."
Eight reasons to march for gun sense on May 7th
Now Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a full-fledged movement with a chapter in every state, hundreds of thousands of volunteers and, as part of Everytown for Gun Safety, more than 3 million supporters. In 2013, when Congress failed to pass background check legislation after Sandy Hook, it seemed, for a minute, that if that tragedy couldn't change our nation's culture of gun violence, nothing could. But the truth is that the gun violence prevention movement has grown exponentially--in part, because of Congress's failure to act. And we're winning in statehouses and boardrooms across the country.
Tragic consequences of children and guns: New figures reveal toddlers shot at least 23 people in 2016
Following the Alabama shooting, gun safety group, Everytown for Gun Safety, condemned the 'entirely preventable' incidents. 'I was angry and devastated upon learning about the three-year-old who was able to access and discharge a loaded and unsecured firearm, unintentionally killing his nine-year-old sister,' said Enslen Crowe, a leader with Alabama Moms Demand Action. 'We cannot accepting such tragic events as potential occurrences when it comes to gun ownership. 'These child shootings are not accidents and should not be labeled as such. They are entirely preventable and parents, gun-owners and non-gun owners alike, should Be SMART to ensure the safety of our kids around firearms.'”
Child gun deaths are not ‘accidents’
So far this year, according to data compiled by Everytown for Gun Safety , at least 77 people under age 18 have unintentionally shot either themselves or another person. There have been 36 deaths. Among the victims were Patrice Price, the mother of three who died on the side of a Wisconsin highway and was remembered for her smile and generosity; 3-year-old Holston Cole, whom family friends described as full of life before finding his father’s gun in their Georgia home; and Kiyan Shelton, a 2-year-old in Indianapolis who climbed onto a kitchen counter and got his mother’s handgun from her purse. The grief — and in some cases guilt — of their families is unimaginable. So, too, will be the lifelong emotional damage to children who, through no fault of their own, become unwitting killers.
Inside Amy Schumer takes on gun safety in exclusive preview
“She really stood up and became a leader in the gun violence prevention space,” Brina Milikowsky, chief strategy officer for Everytown, tells EW of Schumer. “This is a really important fight to improve public safety and help save lives in America. We do need to use every tool that’s at our disposal. The ability to use comedy to reach new audiences is incredibly powerful.” Milikowsky is featured in the episode as well, as Schumer turns the tables and sits down to interview her about issues of gun control.
Hollywood becomes increasingly vocal in the fight against gun violence
The group is fictitious — as is Underwood’s political brinkmanship to outwit the NRA. But go to familiesforgunreform.com, and you’ll be redirected to the site of the very real organization Everytown for Gun Safety, launched by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Everytown didn’t just buy up the Families for Gun Reform URL, the group collaborated with “House of Cards” writers “to make sure they got it right,” according to the organization’s president, John Feinblatt. In fact, Feinblatt consulted on the script regarding issues of gun legislation and violence.
Michael Stipe: Governor, please veto this bill
Bills to allow guns on campus are a priority of the gun lobby, but they are overwhelmingly opposed by the American public. If Deal vetoes the Georgia measure, he would be in good company. Such measures have been proposed this year in 17 states, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, which tracks gun legislation. So far five states – Indiana, Virginia, Wisconsin, Kentucky and West Virginia – have rejected the bills and none of the others have passed. Last year, 18 states considered guns on campus legislation. Just one, Texas, moved forward with the idea.
ETSU President expresses concerns about the possibility of guns on campus
Noland is backed by Dr. Jodi Polaha, a Ph.D. Associate Professor in ETSU’s Department of Family Medicine. She’d like to see Haslam stand up against the legislation. “I am disappointed that more of our state law makers did not listen to the voices of the people on college campuses whose safety is directly at stake,” she said. “College presidents, chiefs of campus police and security, and many faculty, staff, students, and students' parents asked that they vote against this dangerous legislation. We need our Governor to stand with those charged with protecting our campuses to ensure this bill does not become law.”
Moms Demand Action’s founder tells Palo Alto: We can make a difference with gun safety
Shannon said she often hears people dismiss what is sometimes called ‘hashtag activism,’ but it gets results by amplifying the impact of individual voices who care about an issue. To raise the safety concerns around ‘open carry’ guns in public places, Moms Demand Action has used Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to put pressure on corporations that allow guns in their stores and restaurants. And these campaigns have worked.”
Nevada women more likely than others to be killed in domestic violence-related shooting, study says
Women in Nevada are 65 percent more likely to be fatally shot by an intimate partner than women in other states, according to a new study. The study, released this week by Everytown for Gun Safety and the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, uses data from domestic violence-related gun homicides from 2010 to 2014 to find patterns. It also includes stories from each of the 46 cases. “The stories are important,” said Lisa Lynn Chapman, the network’s communications coordinator. “These are real people, and these are real tragedies that happened in our communities. They’re not a percentage, and they’re not a statistic.”
On and off Facebook, moms organize against gun violence
Moms Demand Action, whose volunteers help police Facebook for gun sales, has also used social media to expand its reach and amplify its message. Like Black Lives Matter and other grassroots movements that got their start online, Moms Demand Action relies on hashtags and photos “going viral” to build momentum and get the attention of lawmakers. “People sometimes deride hashtag activism, but you know what?” Watts said. “It works.”
Julianne Moore locks down on gun safety with safety organization
So Moore became involved with Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest U.S. organization for gun violence prevention, which launched in 2014 through a combination of the groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Everytown, which boasts more than 3 million members, advocates for initiatives that would create stricter background checks and supports laws that keep guns away from domestic abusers and strengthen safety programs.
‘Gun violence is a women’s issue’ - How lax laws threaten women
According to statistics from Everytown for Gun Safety's campaign Singled Out, which looks at how single females are affected by gun laws, women in the U.S. are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than those in other high-income countries. The vast majority of intimate partner homicides — two-thirds — are committed with guns. And when there is a gun present in an abusive household, the risk of a victim dying goes up 500%.
Be SMART program teaches adults how to prevent child shootings
What makes Be SMART unique is the expectation that the primary responsibility lands on adults to secure any guns safely out of reach of children. Teaching children how to be careful around guns is important, but is NOT enough. Be SMART also teaches parents how to ask others if they have any unsecured guns or other weapons in their home before letting your children go over to play. Surprisingly, perhaps, gun owners usually don’t mind being asked this! Practicing how to ask is helpful, though. Although teen suicide cannot be stopped completely, Be SMART teaches parents of at-risk children to keep loaded guns away from them. Perhaps just making it more difficult to reach a gun will stop a child from making a choice that can’t be undone.
East Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action set aim on common sense solutions to gun violence
Johnson City’s Vicki Powers, a member of the group, took a nearly five-hour drive to Nashville for a conversation with Van Huss — who represents her district — then snapped a photo with the former Marine Corps sniper and National Rifle Association-endorsed politician. Powers is part of an organization called by the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones “the NRA's Worst Nightmare,” but the gun-loving Van Huss met with her nonetheless. Powers carries a powerful story. She described why she got involved with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and how guns literally hit so close to home for her.
Andrew Bird partners with gun safety initiative
Andrew Bird's newest album, Are You Serious, is out April 1. Bird is touring behind the album, and this week, he's announced a partnership with the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, a movement aimed at reducing gun violence in America. Bird will donate $1 to the fund for every ticket sold on tour. He'll also sell a custom t-shirt printed in orange—a color the gun violence prevention movement has adopted with the Wear Orange initiative—with proceeds going to the fund.
The NRA is coming for your toddler
The first overhauled NRA fairytale appeared in mid-January, coincidentally, two weeks after gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety released a report that in the United States, toddlers were responsible for some 265 accidental shootings in 2015 alone, or about five accidental shootings a week (83 of those ended in death). The report is the first of its kind to tally precisely these numbers. Everytown for Gun Safety issued a chart breaking the numbers down by age. “This is the first attempt at making an account at this scale and this degree, and we as an organization started doing it this year,” Ted Alcorn, Everytown’s research director, told the Washington Post.
Don’t believe the NRA’s hype about President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee
To paint Garland as an opponent of gun rights, they distort a basic procedural vote that he cast in a gun case before the D.C. Circuit. In fact, Garland didn’t issue a ruling. He didn’t even say or write anything about the merits of the case. And think about the company he was keeping. Judge A. Raymond Randolph, a George H.W. Bush appointee and outspoken conservative, was among three judges who joined Garland in the same vote.
Virginia Tech shooting survivor backs gun background checks
Goddard says it’s easy for people to buy guns, and that he’s supporting a ballot initiative to expand criminal background checks to nearly every private gun sale. Opponents have said the effort infringes on peoples’ constitutional rights and would be nearly impossible to enforce.
I jumped on the Everytown for Gun Safety [a gun-control advocacy group] bandwagon after Lucy McBath, the national spokesperson for one of their campaigns, sent me a handwritten letter. Lucy is the mother of Jordan Davis, who was killed in Jacksonville, Florida, by a white man who thought the music in the car he was riding in was playing too loudly. I felt compelled that somebody would reach out to me that way, so I called her, and from that conversation, I knew that this group was one I needed to be a part of. This group, along with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, has become my support network. Those have been the people that I know that I can call anytime because they know exactly how I feel—someone has been taken from them the same way, unnaturally, so everything that you feel, they already know.
So just how easy is it to get a gun in Minneapolis
Marit Brock, with the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said most Minnesotans approve of background checks on private gun sales. According to a survey done by Public Policy Polling in 2015 of Minnesotans who voted, 84 percent of them support universal background checks on gun sales — compared to 11 percent who opposed. Despite those poll numbers, Brock said, most Minnesotans don’t know about the so-called “gun show loophole,” which refers to private gun sales that don’t require background checks or federal licenses. “So, closing the gun shows sales loophole and requiring background checks on all gun sales is an important priority for us, here in Minnesota.”
So just how easy is it to get a gun in Minneapolis
Marit Brock, with the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said most Minnesotans approve of background checks on private gun sales. According to a survey done by Public Policy Polling in 2015 of Minnesotans who voted, 84 percent of them support universal background checks on gun sales — compared to 11 percent who opposed. Despite those poll numbers, Brock said, most Minnesotans don’t know about the so-called “gun show loophole,” which refers to private gun sales that don’t require background checks or federal licenses. “So, closing the gun shows sales loophole and requiring background checks on all gun sales is an important priority for us, here in Minnesota.”
Report shines light on Nevada’s online gun market
According to a recent report from Everytown for Gun Safety, a group working to end gun violence, unlicensed gun sellers in Nevada are posting nearly 36,000 unique ads on just four websites every year. “In total, just these four websites we estimate could put as many as 3,100 guns in the hands of felons and domestic abusers each year.” That’s study author Ted Alcorn. He says researchers posted their own gun ads on Facebook and a handful of other websites. Then, they checked out the criminal histories of about 200 would-be gun buyers. Turns out, about 1 in 11 of those potential customers were actually prohibited from purchasing firearms.”
Permitless concealed carry bill headed to Idaho Senate
“If signed into law, SB 1389 would dismantle our current system and put Idahoans at risk, including law enforcement officers who risk their safety to protect us,” said Hannah Sharp, with the Idaho chapter of Moms Demand Actions for Gun Sense in America. “So why are our elected leaders attempting to undo a system that has worked for a century and is supported by law enforcement?”
‘Refuse to be a victim,’ and more lessons for women from the NRA
"There's a reason that two million children in this country live in homes with unsecured guns, and in part that's because we have a gun lobby that says you are always in danger and you should have a loaded gun with you at all times," says Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "It is not okay to store your loaded gun on the counter or on top of the refrigerator. We're the only developed nation with this problem, and in part it is because the gun lobby is so focused on selling guns and fear-mongering and creating panic in order to sell their product that they don't focus on the safety components of gun ownership that they should."
Q&A: Gun control advocate Colin Goddard
In 2007, Colin Goddard was in a French class at Virginia Tech when a gunman opened fire; he was shot four times but survived. He's now a senior policy advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety pushing for stronger gun control laws.
Open-carry gun protestors greet President Obama in Texas
Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman for the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, said the open-carry activists underscore the weaknesses in Texas gun laws. “As they said, they are planning to demonstrate around the festival to reach out to the younger generation,” she said. “But when the law doesn’t require background checks on gun sales, there’s no way to know if the guy carrying a handgun next to you is a political activist, or a cause to duck or cover.”
DFL group urges background checks for guns
Schoen and Latz are backed by the national gun-control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which sprung up in response to the 2012 mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults dead. “Background checks keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers and the violent mentally ill,” said Marit Brock, chapter leader for Moms Demand Action in Minnesota. “Fewer women are killed by domestic abusers, fewer law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty and we see gun suicides nearly cut in half in the states that have implemented background checks on all sales.”
Are looser gun laws changing the social fabric of Missouri?
In response, the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action signed onto a BeSmartcampaign promoting safety steps including training parents to secure guns in their homes and ask about proper firearm storage before dropping children off at a friend’s house. As Becky Morgan, Missouri Chapter Lead for Moms puts it when we spoke, “this is a new step to parents are taking to look out for our children’s safety. We already ask about food allergies, pet allergies and pools. Now we ask if firearms are in the home, are they stored properly out of children’s reach?”
Before Kansas mass shooting, a trail of domestic violence
Luke Entelis, counsel for Everytown for Gun Safety, said the overwhelming caseload of federal prosecutors often places the responsibility of enforcing federal laws in the hands of local officials who may lack that authority. “States need to put in their own prohibitions,” Entelis said. “That empowers state and local law enforcement authority to act with full authority of state law behind them.”
FBI processed 2.6M gun background checks in February, third-biggest month on record, fueled by Obama, Clinton gun ban fears
“Background checks have blocked more than 2.4 million gun sales to felons, domestic abusers, those with dangerous mental illness, and other prohibited gun buyers, but unfortunately millions of gun sales take place without a background check each year, so the data doesn't tell the full story,” said Everytown for Gun Safety spokesman Jack Warner.
America can’t wait to address gun violence
When I heard of the recent random mass shooting in Kalamazoo, I was shocked. My fondest memories of my brother took place there. We never thought of Kalamazoo as being anything but safe, but look at what's happened there. And just days before the anniversary of my brother's death, it seems almost eerie how we are all connected to gun violence. I always wanted to do something about gun violence, but living in a staunchly conservative state, I never really perceived an opportunity. Our lawmakers' positions were so deeply ingrained in gun lobby rhetoric and ideology, I didn't think speaking out would have mattered.
Turner: Businesses should promote safety, not dangerous discounts
Guns simply don’t belong in restaurants, cafes and other public spaces where we bring our kids and families. Imagine taking your child to a grocery store and confronting an armed individual whose motivations you cannot tell. Is this person a criminal or someone trying to make a political statement? And in Texas, where background checks are not required on all gun sales, it’s easy for dangerous people to go online or to a gun show to avoid a background check.
Why Moms will end gun violence: ‘There is nothing fiercer than a mom protecting her children’
I’m often asked why I continue this fight when Congress has refused to enact any sensible gun laws to address gun violence since our inception. My answer: When it comes to the safety of our children, moms will never give up, and we will find ways to drive change to protect them. And we are winning in statehouses and boardrooms. Since that fateful day in 2012, Moms Demand Action volunteers in chapters in all 50 states have been a powerful force for gun safety, winning countless victories in red states and blue states. We have become the counterweight to the gun lobby.
Despite chance at revival, changes to Florida’s “stand your ground” law won’t be heard again
McBath, who is now a faith and community outreach leader for Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement earlier this week: "It's an insult to anyone who's ever had a loved one taken by gun violence to expand Florida's 'stand your ground' law further than any law in the country at all, but especially on the anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death."
After Kalamazoo shootings, the big question: why?
The Michigan chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in a statement said Saturday's incident is one of at least 143 mass shootings that have occurred in America since 2009, and the second mass shooting in 2016. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the mass shooting last night that killed six and injured two," the group said. "We don’t expect this type of violence to happen here in Kalamazoo, but the truth is that gun violence is affecting communities across the country every day."
Maine background check initiative will go to the people
Members of the Bloomberg group were pleased with Dunlap’s certification. “More than 200 hardworking and dedicated volunteers helped to make this day possible,” said Jackie Sartoris with Moms Demand Action in a statement. “Our coalition continues to grow every day as more and more people join the campaign for common-sense background check reforms that will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Closing the background check loophole will save lives.”
Why don’t Bernie Sanders’s millennial supporters care about his record on guns?
Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella organization of advocacy groups that focus exclusively on curbing gun violence, insists that there’s been progress on the issue. “If you look at the big picture, in recent presidential election history, I think gun policy has sort of catapulted into one of the issues that voters have in mind,” said spokesman Erika Soto Lamb. “Democratic nominees fighting each other over who is better on gun policy represents a profound shift on the issue.”
Gun safety group steps up advocacy efforts in Missouri
Throughout her many years in close proximity with firearms, Bowen, 48, has developed an interest in promoting gun safety. She serves as the head of the Columbia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization founded in December 2012 by Shannon Watts of Connecticut in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. "It's not about guns per se," Bowen said. "It's not about hunting. You can be comfortable with guns and not comfortable with the legislation around them." Personal reasons motivate some of the organization's members. Becky Morgan, leader of the Missouri chapter, named her now 14-year-old son after her late father, who was shot and killed. She said of her son: "It's not too late to keep him safe."
Gun background checks and mental health records
William Rosen said this kind of worry over submitting mental health records is unwarranted. Rosen is council with Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that works to end gun violence. “It should be the least controversial thing that you can imagine,” he said. Rosen said gun rights advocates want to focus on mental health and enforcing existing laws, and this does that. The number of states that have submitted fewer than 100 mental health records to the background check system has fallen from 23 in 2011, to six by 2015, according to Rosen’s group. Rosen said he’s optimistic that this kind of record sharing will keep growing.
A how-to guide on dealing with a ‘gunsplainer’
Everytown for Gun Safety, a movement dedicated to ending gun violence, has teamed up with Cosmopolitan for Singled Out, a campaign aimed at educating and empowering unmarried women about the dangers of guns. As part of the campaign, they have released a video featuring Gary, a "gunsplainer," who hits on a woman named Jessica, who is in the service, at a bar.
It’s time to talk about what guns have to do with dating
While no one wants to imagine her partner would hurt her, the stats tell another truth: 1 in 3 women will experience abuse in her lifetime, according to the CDC. Nearly 1 in 5 may be stalked. And when a gun is present in a domestic-violence situation, a study in the American Journal of Public Health found, it raises a woman's risk for being killed by 500 percent. Single women are especially vulnerable, because laws give them less protection than married women, argues Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of the gun-violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety.
Facebook moves to ban private gun sales on its site and Instagram
Everytown for Gun Safety presented Facebook with research connecting unlicensed gun sales on the site to gun violence. For example, Ms. Watts said, in December 2014, an Ohio man, Brian Harleman, shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend and killed her 10-year-old daughter before killing himself. Although prohibited from buying firearms because of a felony conviction, he was able to buy the weapon in an unlicensed sale on Facebook. “We were saying, ‘Please stop the unfettered access to guns on Facebook,’ ” Ms. Watts, a mother of five in Colorado, said in an interview.”
Va. gun-safety activists feel betrayed by McAuliffe’s ‘gift to the gun lobby’
“Governor McAuliffe should reconsider this dangerous gift to the gun lobby,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, which in the fall poured more than $2 million into two state Senate races in a failed attempt to help McAuliffe’s party take control of the chamber.”
Meet the activists using social media to turn hashtags into rallying cries
Social media now plays an important role in influencing the opinions of millennials, who are the largest rising generation in U.S. history. So “Nightline” recently invited a diverse and vocal group of thirteen influencers to come offline and chat face to face about this critical election year. We wanted to hear what they think we as a nation should get worked up about.
#EmptySeat Honors Lives Lost To Gun Violence
Lucia McBath, who is a member of the Everytown Survivor Network, lost her own child to gun violence. In 2012, her son Jordan Davis was killed in a parking lot in Florida during an argument over loud music. She’s seen many of his empty chairs since then, including at his high school graduation. “Jordan’s father and I went to his high school graduation,” she told Refinery29 by phone. “That will always be in my heart, that I had to receive my child’s high school diploma because of his empty chair. Because he was murdered and is no longer with us.”
Moms to the NRA: We will win the battle over gun safety
The new year is starting with significant momentum, but there is more to be done. Moms nationwide are starting to head to their statehouses. In November, Americans will vote for candidates and ballot measures that will save lives from gun violence. Mark my words, and join the fight: 2016 will be the year of gun safety.
Barack Obama keeps his promise on gun laws, but now states must do their part
The President promised action and delivered what he could. With Congress gridlocked, now it's up to the states to do their part, close the loopholes in federal law, and ensure that all gun sellers do background checks — whether those sellers are licensed or unlicensed, or doing business at gun shows, online, or from anywhere.
Q&A: Obama’s expected push for new controls on gun sales Barney Jopson in Washington
Ted Alcorn, research director at Everytown for Gun Safety, a group trying to curb firearms violence, says expanding checks is not just one of the few things the president could do — it is one of his best policy options. “When we think about how to reduce gun violence in the US, we and other groups aren’t focused on the hardware, we’re focused on people who are at high risk of committing firearms crimes,” he says. Only 1 in 1,000 of the 300m-odd guns in the US are used in a crime in any given year, he says, and his group is happy to not worry about the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners.
State focus and infusion of funding buoy gun control advocates
Mr. Obama said the failure to pass gun control legislation after the Connecticut tragedy was one of the biggest disappointments of his presidency, and gun control advocates said the jolt from that rejection made them realize that changes were all but impossible in Congress. After that defeat, “we took a step back, and we realized we had to go state by state,” said John Feinblatt, the president of the Everytown group...Mr. Feinblatt said Everytown was changing the nature of the debate.
N.B.A. lends its name and its stars to campaign against gun violence
The N.B.A. said it held little internal debate about working with Mr. Bloomberg’s group. “We know far too many people who have been caught up in gun violence in this country,” said Kathleen Behrens, the league’s president of social responsibility and player programs. “And we can do something about it.”
With U.S. vulnerable to terror, close the gun law loophole
After 9/11, our leaders pledged the government’s full resources – economic, military, intelligence, law enforcement – in protecting us from terror. Now, after San Bernardino, it’s past time to recognize the serious potential for more terrorists to exploit one of our most glaring weaknesses. Shoring up that weakness is an idea that has bipartisan support in Congress. The Obama administration and presidential candidates from both parties support it, too. We can have both freedom and safety. As we’ve done for decades already, we can balance a respect for the Constitution with the reasonable regulation of gun sales. Without violating anyone’s rights, we can better defend our security – and block suspected terrorists from buying guns.
The Alarming, unprecedented views of Justices Thomas and Scalia on the Second Amendment
Of course, sharp disagreements—and sharp words—among Supreme Court justices are routine. But the substance of Thomas and Scalia’s position is alarming. Under their view of the Second Amendment, the government is powerless to enforce restrictions on even the most dangerous firearms once manufacturers of those guns capture a modest share of the market. For Scalia and Thomas, it violates the constitution for the government to impose restrictions on a weapon that is in “common use” among a relatively small segment of the population—even if the restrictions allow citizens to own countless guns, and to legally use them for armed self-defense and other lawful purposes.
After Sandy Hook, we’ll never be silent on guns again
Since Sandy Hook, six states have passed background check laws. In 2015, nine states have enacted legislation to protect victims of domestic violence by keeping guns out of the hands of their abusers. We're playing defense, too: this year we helped defeat 64 gun lobby priority bills, including bills that would have forced guns into schools and bills that would have let people carry concealed, loaded handguns in public with no permit and no training. The NRA used to have the statehouses to themselves, but no more. Moms are sending a clear message that we will be there each and every time a gun lobbyist attempts to pick apart important gun laws that protect our families and communities.
Most Americans think shootings are now the norm: poll
71% of Americans believe that shootings and random acts of violence are now a permanent part of American life, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech mass shooting, joins to discuss.
Guest column: Supreme lesson for legislators in gun control
Now we just need our elected officials to listen. With huge bi-partisan majorities in favor of common-sense solutions like comprehensive background checks, and with the daily drumbeat of reports on the horrifying toll of American gun violence, the time is long past due to move beyond simply offering thoughts and prayers to the victims of gun violence. It is time for action.
In Wake of Shootings, a Familiar Call to Arms Drives Latest Jump in Weapon Sales
“We need to close the loopholes that make it easy for dangerous people to get guns, and that means doing background checks on all gun sales and closing the terror gap,” Ms. Soto Lamb said, referring to a loophole that allows people on the government’s terrorist watch list to buy guns and explosives from licensed dealers.
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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.
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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.
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“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.
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“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.
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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.”
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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.
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"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."
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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."
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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.