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HuffPost: How Grocery Stores Became A Cultural Flashpoint In The Gun Debate

“Five years ago, none of these companies were willing to move on this issue,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “It has been the unglamorous heavy lifting of women who have said to them that they won’t shop at their stores until they change their policy.” When Watts created Moms Demand Action in 2012, she said she realized quickly that shopping was an area where women could be effective at creating change. “Women are only 20% of lawmakers and 5% of Fortune 1000 CEOs,” she said. “But we make a lot of the spending decisions for families, so that’s a really important lever of power that we have at our disposal.”

Washington Post: 145 CEOs implore Senate leaders to act on gun violence, saying doing nothing is ‘simply unacceptable’

“The CEOs’ letter was applauded by gun control advocates who noted the range of companies that took part. John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said the “unified corporate action represents a sea change in American culture,” and that elected officials should listen as “the experts on America’s consumers are speaking.” “This letter, along with the recent announcements from corporations like Walmart and CVS to prohibit open carry in stores, proves that acting on gun safety isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s good for business,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “If this many major brands can act, surely the Senate can, too.”

New York Times: A Novel Gun Control Strategy: Pressure Banks and Retailers

“Mr. Murphy, who has made gun control one of the core issues of his tenure, drew praise from national gun control advocacy groups for his initiative. “With this executive order Governor Murphy is blazing a new path for states that want gun manufacturers, retailers and financial institutions to take action to help end gun violence,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “And we hope to see other governors quickly follow suit.”

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