Parkland survivors want the media to stop focusing on the shooter
"For years, we‘ve encouraged media to report on shooting tragedies by focusing on the facts and stories of victims and survivors without glorifying the shooter or turning them into household names," Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told Teen Vogue. "While keeping Americans safe from gun violence ultimately is the responsibility of elected officials, each of us can play a part in #NoNotoriety, too, by refusing to give the shooter the fame they desire."
Enlisting veterans to fight the NRA
That's why I'm so proud to be a founding member of the Everytown for Gun Safety Veterans Advisory Council — a new initiative that will enable military veterans to play a critical role in ending gun violence in America. The council will provide advice and perspective to a conversation centered on gun violence prevention. As veterans, we will lend our voices to this critical movement for common-sense gun laws in America. And we will provide a forum for honest conversations about how we can save lives while respecting the rights of gun owners, something the NRA has failed to do. Through the council, I will continue to support solutions to improve firearms training, safety and accountability while preserving the Second Amendment, just as I have done my entire life. But I will do it without the NRA. If you've served your country and are tired of the gun lobby's divisive platitudes, join me.
A running list of things the gun lobby has blamed for the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe
According to research by Everytown for Gun Safety, the mass school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, was at least the 184th mass shooting in America since January 2009, and at least the eighth mass shooting this year. Since January 2009, Texas has experienced at least 20 mass shootings — more than any other state in the country. There is no one law that will prevent all gun violence. But there are common sense steps that are proven to work — and even are supported by most gun owners and NRA members. If Texas wants to stop its mass shooting crisis, it can start by requiring a criminal background check on every gun sale. The state could do more to disarm domestic abusers. This isn’t rocket science, and it really shouldn’t be controversial. We all agree on this stuff, except for the NRA’s most extreme leaders.
Governors Ball to support "Wear Orange" campaign for National Gun Violence Awareness Week
June 1 marks the fourth annual National Gun Violence Awareness week, and since its inception, supporters have honored the cause by participating in Wear Orange weekend and spreading the word through social media and in their community. This year, the campaign falls on the weekend of Governors Ball, and in conjunction with the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety, Wear Orange T-shirts will be available at the New York City festival.
"To not do anything is a tragedy": Mom who lost son to gun violence runs for Congress
"I was just as angry and devastated on Friday with Santa Fe as I was for Parkland because Jordan was the same age as all these children that have been gunned down," she said. Her son Jordan was 17 when he was shot and killed in 2012 by a stranger at a gas station. Now, McBath is part of a growing movement: parents who've lost a child to gun violence running for office. "I never expected this to happen but I know that in light of all my experiences, to not to do anything is a tragedy in itself," McBath said in an interview with ABC News. McBath, a former flight attendant and spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety, is running for Congress in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. She was originally running for state House but she switched to run for U.S. House in March, after the Parkland shooting.
Everytown for Gun Safety takes out full page ad in Houston Chronicle
A group of students from across Texas has a question for Gov. Greg Abbott: "We are dying on your watch. What will you do about it?" More than 40 students signed a letter calling for action on gun control, which will be featured in a full-page ad from Everytown for Gun Safety set to run in the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, the political arm of the organization, paid for the ad.
Things have changed since Sandy Hook
And yet change has come, albeit slowly. And it has come not from the top, but from grass-roots campaigns often driven by women — the infuriated-mom equivalent of #MeToo that has joined with older organizations like The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Guns. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was started by Shannon Watts in the aftermath of Sandy Hook, and now as a part of Everytown for Gun Safety has over four million members. Then there are smaller groups like Survivors Empowered, started by Sandy and Lonnie Phillips after their daughter was killed in the mass shooting in 2012 in Aurora, Colo. These people have no fear of the N.R.A. — despite its steady targeting of people, especially women, who speak out against them.
How one mom has taken gun safety into her own hands
When a shooter killed 26 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Shannon Watts decided enough was enough. “I felt like I had to do something or I would be culpable the next time,” she says. The former corporate executive and mom of five launched a Facebook page that became Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization that quickly grew into the grassroots arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to reform. Combined, the two groups now mobilize more than 4.5 million volunteers (at press time) with chapters in all 50 states.
Celebrity stylist Karla Welch reinterpreted your favorite Levi’s
There's a charitable aspect to this project too, which Welch notes was a draw for some of the portrait participants: As part of this collaboration, Levi's will be making a donation to the Everytown for Gun Safety support fund. The brand isn't disclosing the exact amount, but, according to Sey, "it will be a flat donation that exceeds total U.S. profit."
Dallas restaurant that defies N.R.A. donates to ‘gun sense’ group
Ellen’s, the Dallas restaurant that was the target of a boycott by the National Rifle Association earlier this month, donated $15,000 over the weekend to a grass-roots group founded in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. A check was presented to representatives of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America at a Mother’s Day ceremony at Ellen’s on Sunday. The money was collected from sales and donations from customers who were angry when the N.R.A. urged members to boycott Ellen’s, after it expressed support for “reasonable” gun regulations ahead of the association’s annual convention in Dallas from May 4 to 6.
Angry American moms have had it up to here with gun violence
Clad in red t-shirts, the members of Moms Demand Action have become a fixture at gun bill hearings across the country, calling for stricter gun regulation and tougher lawmakers. After the Parkland shootings, their ranks swelled from 70,000 to over 200,000. By its own count, the predominantly volunteer organization has racked up dozens of legislative victories in recent years, defeating NRA-backed bills to make guns easier to carry, and helping pass a growing number of state "red flag" laws to keep guns from the hands of troubled people.Their real test comes this November, when the entire 435 seat House of Representatives, 35 Senate seats, and hundreds in US states are up for grabs. Moms Demand have become "a real engine for mobilization for gun control advocates, and an important reason why gun rights groups haven’t gotten more permissive laws enacted," said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and author of Gun Fight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.
Buying these chic decor pieces will benefit Everytown for Gun Safety
If you need a good cause for your spring shopping, Everytown for Gun Safety has partnered with home design brands big and small to raise money ahead of its fourth annual Gun Violence Awareness Day. The organization launched an online marketplace earlier this week, with proceeds from the swanky orange chairs and patchouli candles benefitting the cause.
The NRA’s on a losing streak: The gun lobby is finally on its heels; let’s keep the momentum going
The NRA has many reasons to believe that lawmakers will once again ignore the will of the people. Since 2009, there have been at least 182 mass shootings in the U.S. (defined as any shooting in which four or more people are killed, not including the shooter) — and zero game-changing gun laws passed by Congress. That streak is unlikely to change in 2018. But when you look beyond the Washington Beltway, it's clear the NRA is on a serious losing streak. They're losing the American public. For the first time in almost two decades, the NRA is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans. And on March 24, more than 2 million people in cities as big as New York and as small as Show Low, Arizona (population: 12,000) marched in support of gun safety — and in opposition to the NRA's ‘guns everywhere’ agenda.
"How do I change this tragedy to be a celebration of life?" Gun violence victims seek solace, a voice
Late last month, dozens of gun violence survivors gathered in Washington to share their grief and to lobby on Capitol Hill, part of an annual leadership fellowship program with Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group that created the Everytown Survivor Network. The group shares experiences and learns how to communicate with the public, media and elected officials. Those involved say it is part of their healing process and a way to pay tribute to those who have been lost. "The tears in my eyes, these are real," said Regina Thompson-Jenkins, whose 19-year-old son, Tre’ Devon Lane, died in 2012 shielding two friends from random gunfire in Trenton, N.J. "Tre’ is never coming back, and all I can do is try to make him proud."
American women are leading the way on gun sense
Women are also using their votes to create change, sending a clear message to the gun lobby. In Virginia this past cycle, Moms Demand Action’s local chapter turned out to support elect officials with sensible gun-safety positions by educating, canvassing, and turning out the vote on this issue. The NRA — which is headquartered in Virginia — was swept in its own backyard, losing the top three Virginia races. And in southwest Virginia, Chris Hurst, whose girlfriend Alison Parker was shot and killed while reporting on live TV, won his race for Virginia House of Delegates — a 24 point swing for that district. These Virginians won in spite of the $2 million spent against them by the NRA.
How Shannon Watts became the NRA’s number one enemy
The group, which is now known as Moms Demand Action, has become a rapidly growing political powerhouse with chapters in every U.S. state. Since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, more than 170,000 have reached out wanting to volunteer. In April 2014, Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns joined forces under the umbrella group, Everytown for Gun Safety, forming the largest gun violence prevention group in the country.
The mass-shooting survivor network
“One of our core beliefs is that, while experiences are different, no one is worse than the other,” Ms. Martin said. “A big part of survivors’ guilt is thinking you don’t have the right to feel bad or traumatized because you weren’t right there.” The Rebels Project eschews political activism, but other support groups, like Everytown Survivor Network, which is the trauma support wing of the Everytown for Gun Safety grass-roots advocacy group, mobilize members to push for legislative change.
I survived columbine—19 years later, I will no longer stay silent
I can no longer look at my three young children and stay on the sidelines of this issue. It’s too important and lives are at stake each day. I want to use my voice and do everything I can to ensure my children—and your children—live in a society where they don’t have reason to fear going to school. I’ve joined Moms Demand Action. I’ve become a member of the Everytown Survivor Network, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, and plan to use to my voice to help continue the momentum in the fight for gun sense. I’m speaking with my legislators, face to face. And, just last month, I spoke at the March for Our Lives event in Philadelphia where I shared my story.
The Parkland effect might cost this Republican her seat in Congress
Unlike Conor Lamb—the pro-gun Democrat who recently won a special election in a Pennsylvania congressional district Donald Trump carried by 20 points—she supports a federal ban on assault weapons. She’s been certified as a “Gun Sense Candidate” by Moms Demand Action, the influential grassroots gun safety group. She has voted in favor of establishing universal background checks and banning bump stocks. And her concealed-carry reciprocity vote—the one being criticized by Helmer and Stover—was actually part of a bipartisan deal that also instituted voluntary background checks at gun shows and disarmed domestic abusers. Though gun control advocates objected to the compromise, Wexton was one of many Democrats who supported it.
The gun control debate seems quiet, but the NRA is facing a string of defeats in the states
Gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, co-founded and funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, says its priority now is moving onto the offensive. “Those things are happening in the states, they’re happening really frequently,” said Everytown president John Feinblatt. “Congress is the finale.
South Carolina Republican puts loaded gun on table in constituent meeting
Lori Freemon, a volunteer with the South Carolina chapter of the pressure group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, was at the meeting. In a statement, she said Norman’s “behavior today was a far cry from what responsible gun ownership looks like. I had looked forward to a respectful dialogue with my representative about common-sense gun violence prevention policies. Instead, I felt unsafe when he insisted on showing us his loaded gun and keeping it out on the table for much of our conversation.
Amalgamated bank adopts gun safety guidelines
After Citigroup announced plans to limit firearms sales by business customers, the question was which lenders would be the next to make a move on guns. The latest: Amalgamated Bank, the union-owned bank known for its socially minded policies. The firm said on Wednesday that it would adopt guidelines for lenders laid out by Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group backed by Mike Bloomberg.
This gun control advocate hoped to win a seat in the Statehouse. After Parkland, she’s thinking bigger.
McBath, who had been working full time as a spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, went to Washington, DC, last month to meet with students from Parkland ahead of the massive March for Our Lives in the nation’s capital. While the Parkland students have been widely praised for their outspoken activism, some observers have pointed out the parallel ways in which black students advocating for similar issues have been demonized. “The people who sought to inspire meaningful change and spark conversation were called disruptive and communists and even castigated as terrorists,” Michael Harriot, wrote at the Root. Yet McBath occupies a unique position in the middle of these two groups and, in many ways, has been crucial to bridging the gap. Her son’s death has come to symbolize the violence that plagues young black men.
We have to say “never again” to police violence, too
Many Black and Brown people believe our country’s toxic gun culture and implicit bias led to the death of Stephon Clark — and I agree. In our work to deconstruct America’s “shoot first” culture, we have to include conversations and trainings with law enforcement centered on the dangers of implicit bias and accountability to the communities they serve. It is only through these means that communities of color can begin trusting law enforcement. On April 9, I will join the California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in Sacramento to stand with the community, and to demand an end to this toxic gun culture that left a 20-year-old Black man dead in his grandmother’s backyard just days ago.
Six weeks after Parkland, gun safety groups are seeing a surge in momentum
Everytown for Gun Safety, which was created after the 2012 mass school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, announced on Thursday that its volunteer base has doubled in just the past month for its student led group, Students Demand Action. Everytown now has more than 35,000 student leaders across the country and has gained more than 155,000 new volunteers overall. “There was a lot of momentum that came out of that movement,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, which merged with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to form Everytown.
Friends who survived Sandy Hook and Parkland are on a mission to ‘move the needle’ on gun reform
They met decades ago working at a radio station in Connecticut, and over the years their lives have been strangely in sync. They both married men at the same station. They each got their master’s at the same university. They had kids at almost the exactly same times. And they each became librarians. But here’s where those similarities turn tragic. In 2012, Yvonne was a librarian at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and Diana is a librarian at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
More than 2 million in 90 percent of voting districts joined March for Our Lives protests
More than 2 million people participated in the March for Our Lives protest against gun violence over the weekend, according to the nation's largest gun violence prevention group. Activists demonstrated in 387 congressional districts, or 90 percent of all voting districts in the U.S. across party lines, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, which assisted the survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in organizing marches in Washington, D.C., and worldwide. There were more than 850 sibling marches across the world.
After March for Our Lives, students and senators take aim at NRA
Proponents of new gun-reform measures largely had the Sunday talk shows to themselves this week, with student activists and Democratic senators dominating the conversation and one Republican senator distancing herself somewhat from the National Rifle Association. The NRA, frequently attacked from the stages of March for Our Lives rallies, came up repeatedly. On “Fox News Sunday,” two students were pushed into a kind of debate, with Parkland shooting survivor Cameron Kasky asked to respond to Kyle Kashuv, a fellow student who argued that march organizers had not been honest about their desire to ban “assault rifles.”
At March For Our Lives, survivors discuss music's role in the fight against gun violence
“Richard Martinez wears a broken watch, taken from the body of his son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez. He was killed in the May 2014 shootings in Isla Vista, Calif., near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Rev. Sharon Risher’s mother and cousins were shot to death in church, when Dylann Roof opened fire at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. in June 2015.
The Extraordinary Inclusiveness of the March for Our Lives
At a Friday night interfaith prayer vigil held at the National Cathedral, one of the most powerful speakers was the gun-control activist Lucy McBath, whose seventeen-year-old son Jordan Davis—her only child—was shot to death by a white man who’d objected to the volume of music playing from Davis’s car in a gas-station parking lot. The speakers at Saturday’s rally included students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who talked about the sudden intrusion of terror into their lives on February 14th, and young black and Latino activists from Chicago and Los Angeles who talked about the threats they faced from guns every day.
Gun control groups seek to harness Parkland momentum for midterms
That’s spilling over into support for established groups, which have documented soaring support for their cause. Everytown, a nonprofit backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that is co-sponsoring the march, has seen a nearly 30 percent increase in its mailing list in just the past month, even though the organization has been building that list for more than a decade, according to Shannon Watts, the founder of affiliated group Moms Demand Action. “We’ve had nearly 200,000 new volunteers join us since Parkland,” Watts said. “We have had over 1.5 million new members join our mailing list, bringing the total to 4.5 million.
Students Lead Huge Rallies for Gun Control Across the U.S.
Organizers at national gun control groups, who provided logistical support and public relations advice as the students planned the Washington rally, said they believed that the students would not become disillusioned by the lack of immediate action in Congress. They noted that rallies took place in 390 of the country’s 435 congressional districts. “The mass shooting generation is nearing voting age,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety, a national group that advocates tougher gun laws. “They know the midterms are six months away, and they plan to make sure that they vote and they get others to register to vote. They are absolutely poised to turn this moment into a movement.
My 14-Year-old died in an accidental shooting that should never have happened
In the months that followed JaJuan's death, I remember quietly watching the news on TV, still numb with the pain of losing my son. I watched news item after news item about other children who had died after finding an unsecured gun. There were so many stories that echoed my own — a life cut tragically short by a careless act of gun violence. These avoidable deaths, it seemed, had become our new normal. Which is why this Saturday, March 24, I'll join the thousands rallying in all 50 states in support of the “March for Our Lives” movement. We will march with members of our communities. We will march with survivors of every form of gun violence (mass shootings, domestic violence, suicide by gun, gang violence and more).
Why I’m marching against gun violence
Even as students, families and teachers are doing everything we can to protect ourselves, our leaders in Washington haven’t stepped up. That’s not going to cut it this time. So on Saturday, the students of Parkland will lead a March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. These young activists will be supported by more than 750 student-led marches in communities across the country. I’m very proud of Everytown for Gun Safety, my dad’s organization, for supporting the local marches. I will march in New York City with my dads and my sister.
Grieving mother joins March for Our Lives in the name of Stephon Clark, other black males taken by gun violence
Together, we fight to make our country safer for black boys and all our nation’s children. We have had successes, changing laws state by state across the country. But there’s so much more to be done—as Clark’s death shows. This purpose motivates me through the pain. Fellowship with others affected by gun violence and our shared hope for the future keeps me going. Inspiring young people — no older than my Jordan was when he was taken from me — are demanding a better future from our leaders and each other. From Ferguson to Chicago to Parkland, teenagers have stepped up to join the fight with mothers like me. I am proud to join the March for Our Lives this weekend. I will march for my son, for Clark and for all the black men and women, boys and girls affected by racism and gun violence.
Ten years after Virginia Tech, the momentum feels different
After the shooting, I had some minor PTSD issues that to a lesser extent still affect me today. There was a lot of time and money required to make me a functional member of society again. I had the support of my teachers and fellow students, and I went to counseling. I had a good education and time to reflect on all the things that happened to me. At the time I didn’t have the perspective, or realize that many victims of gun violence don’t have such a thorough and deep support network to fall back on. Instead of support and rehabilitation, they are faced with questions like, “Why were you in this part of town?” “Were you friends with someone who wasn’t the right person?”
How the Parkland teens are pulling off a worldwide movement
Seasoned activists have marveled at what the students accomplished so far, including a sweeping gun bill in Florida and school walkouts attended by over a million students last week, according to organizers Women’s March. Oprah Winfrey and George and Amal Clooney have each donated $500,000. The cast of “Modern Family” did a public service announcement, and Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt recorded a song for the march. The Women’s March, Everytown for Gun Safety and the gun violence prevention group founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords provided heavy support for the march, opening the youths up to criticism that they are just pawns of left-wing organizations that have been fighting guns for years.
More mass shooting survivors, inspired by Parkland, are joining the fight for gun reform
Chris Kocher, director of the Everytown Survivor Network, which also provides emotional support for survivors who are active with Moms Demand Action, credits survivors for breaking through the predicted responses from politicians after a mass tragedy.“ ‘Thoughts and prayers’ used to be an accepted response,” said Kocher, whose network of about 1,500 people is one of the largest of its kind. “But survivors have been able to say, ‘No, it’s not too soon. It’s too late’ ” to talk about gun policies, he said.
Everytown sues ATF for firearm suicide data
A gun control advocacy group that is part of Everytown for Gun Safety is suing the Trump administration for information on the number of guns used in suicides. Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday to obtain the data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
This is my plan to beat the NRA at its own game. It's already working.
Watts chalks up these victories to the efficacy of the clear, consistent voice of the concerned mother. “I wanted to join a grassroots army of women and moms just like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Many advocacy groups are run by men, and they’re kind of Washington, DC, think tanks, and that’s not what I wanted to be a part of," she says. "There's something powerful to combating this fear fomented by gun lobbyists that your guns are going to be taken away versus mothers who are afraid their children are going to be taken away. I don't think there's any doubt about who wins.
How one mom leads millions to take on the NRA
Shortly after [changing the name] we got a call from the White House saying, “Look, we’ve been waiting for moms to organize around this issue, we want you to help us push background checks through Congress,” she recalls. Although the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey Amendment was defeated by a vote of 54 to 46, Watts said it was the organizing going on behind the scenes that she believes helped Moms Demand Action to become a more powerful force for future legislation. “That’s not something one person can do by themselves,” she contends. “You have to have enough people with the same amount of passion and conviction to carve that time out of their schedule, whether they have a family or a job, too.
Modern Family' cast backs Parkland students, takes dig at NRA in new video
Everytown and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America praised the video. "We are grateful to have the cast of Modern Family join and support the students demanding change during this historic moment in the gun violence prevention movement," Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in a statement.
What you need to know about red flag gun laws
California put a similar law into place in 2014 after 22-year-old [gunman] killed six people in a shooting spree in Isla Vista, California. Rodger’s parents, concerned about his mental health, had tried to intervene twice—the first time just one month before the attack, they called his counselor after seeing his bizarre YouTube videos. His counselor alerted law enforcement. Then, before the killing spree, [gunman]’s mother called the police after he emailed his manifesto to his counselor declaring his intent to kill. But they were too late. “He didn’t have a criminal record, he wasn’t legally prohibited from owning guns, and the cops thought they just didn’t have any tools to intervene,” William Rosen, the deputy legal director for Everytown for Gun Safety, explains.
400 Moms take over colorado capitol building, press legislators on gun control
On Monday morning, around 400 mothers organized by the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gathered under the state capitol rotunda to support common-sense gun control policy. “We’re a group of moms whose primary concern is our children,” said Jen Clenahan, who has an eight-year-old daughter she calls the love of her life. That’s who she had in mind on Monday when she walked into the capitol ― like most of the members who have children, she imagined. “It matters to show up,” she said. “[Our legislators] need to see us.”
With an eye on November, students and well-funded groups are teaming up on gun regulation
“This is an issue that women in suburban areas especially care about,” said Angela Kuefler, a pollster for Global Strategy Group who advises Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. Entrenched political interests and student efforts are set to come together on March 24, when communities will hold marches to protest gun violence. Everytown for Gun Safety said Friday that it would provide $2.5 million in grants for these events. “There are going to be hundreds of marches around the country, including the march in D.C.,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown.”
Gun reform groups say they're seeing a surge in participation
Everytown for Gun Safety says it saw a 25 percent increase in membership in the two weeks following the Feb. 14 attack. That's in line with multiple surveys that say about two-thirds of the public support stricter gun laws and a CNN poll that found about the same proportion of respondents believe action can be taken to prevent future mass shootings. Those numbers represent huge jumps from just a few years ago. The founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots arm of Everytown, said the group saw 75,000 new volunteers and that she thinks "the Parkland shooting was the straw that broke the camel's back for most Americans to get off the sidelines."
Tipping point’: Americans organizing more than ever after Florida shooting
At least 20 corporations have changed their gun sales policies, by activists’ count, including most recently LL Bean, which announced on Friday that it would no longer sell guns or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21. “I think the Parkland shooting was the straw that broke the camel’s back for most Americans to get off the sidelines,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, the grassroots arm of Everytown for Gun Safety. “I think the regurgitation by politicians of ‘thoughts and prayers’, once again without any action, was just too much for most Americans to bear. And I think that’s why we’re seeing this movement.
After Parkland: Kids and moms take on the N.R.A.
Teen-age survivors of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, have already begun to change the terms of debate over gun safety. Adam Gopnik joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how grassroots movements—from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—force social and political change.
All about the orange anti-gun violence pins stars will wear to the 2018 Oscars
A stylist source confirms to PEOPLE that some Oscar attendees will be donning Wear Orange to Prevent Gun Violence pins from the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety in an effort to raise awareness about gun safety. This move comes just two weeks after 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were killed on Feb. 14 by a former student. The pins, which have just been re-stocked on Everytown’s website, cost $15 for a pack of three.
Rhode Island adopts 'red flag' gun policy; other states close
The executive order directs law enforcement agencies to consider all red flags, including recent threats of violence made in person, in videos and on social media. It also calls for a state public information campaign to raise awareness of red flags that indicate a person could be a violent threat. Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, called the executive order a major victory for Rhode Islanders and an encouraging sign for the nation. "This is the first executive action on red flags since Parkland, and our thousands of advocates in Rhode Island and around the country could not be more proud that this effort," Watts said.
Dozens of companies cut ties with the NRA
SHANNON WATTS: This is the first time we have seen companies publicly turn against the NRA in such a rapid amount of time and in such a huge amount of numbers. HELD: Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, has been among those turning up the Twitter heat on companies. She says going after their bottom line is a powerful tool.
State sets new policy to keep guns from people deemed threat
Supporters of red flag laws, or gun-violence restraining orders, say they can save lives by stopping some shootings and suicides. Gun-rights activists say they can unfairly take away rights from people who have not been convicted of crimes or professionally evaluated for mental illness. Rhode Island’s new policy also launches a public awareness campaign about warning signs of violence and creates a gun safety working group. Jennifer Boylan, from the Rhode Island chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, hopes other states will follow suit. “The country is watching,” she said. “Our children are watching.
The club no one wants to join.’ Mass shooting survivors find solace in on another
She reached out for support to the Everytown Survivor Network, survivors of gun violence and their loved ones run by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. They connected her to Pat Maisch, who survived a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson. She drove two hours to accompany Teves to the town hall.
Moms are running for office to fight gun violence
The group, which is the grassroots arm of Everytown For Gun Safety, funnels its volunteers into campaigns on the premise that political problem-solving requires many of the same skills as community organizing. "They get training just by being a volunteer — everything from fundraising to canvassing to messaging to doing interviews — you're naturally creating this network around you because you have like-minded volunteers," Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, told Refinery29. "It's really encouraged women to get off the sidelines on a variety of issues. It's going to energize the electorate and keep the focus on gun safety. And I think it will eventually flip Congress and our state houses, so it'll be easier to pass good bills."
Gun safety groups want Apple TV and Amazon Fire to pull NRATV
In letters on Friday, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and Everytown for Gun Safety called on the companies to cut ties with NRATV because it "promotes dangerous conspiracy theories, racially charged rhetoric, and violent demonization of the NRA's political opponents.” They also called on DirecTV to remove an NRA-produced show from its platforms. "American businesses have the responsibility to make ethical decisions about the content they will provide on their platforms," Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts wrote.
Dana Loesch is lying about the NRA’s stance on “red flag” laws
Experts and advocates on the gun issue are crying foul. “To the extent that you’re talking about this pivot or bluster or whatever we’re seeing from the NRA and Dana Loesch about using the term ‘red flag,’ I just want to be clear that they’ve opposed this sort of measure," William Rosen, the deputy legal director of Everytown for Gun Safety, told Salon the morning after Loesch's CNN performance.
Is this nationwide network of students organized enough to take on the gun lobby?
Everytown for Gun Safety officially launched a national Students Demand Action group for high school and college activists, which had scheduled an introduction call Wednesday night, according to Maxwell. Maxwell said students have shown themselves more than capable of being leaders of this movement, and Everytown feels it can use its well-established grassroots experience to guide them on the best ways to enact changes in public policy. The new activists also have some more experienced hands to draw advice from. Roni Weissman, a 16-year-old junior at Berkeley High School in California, is one teenager who has been working for increased gun regulation for a while. She co-founded her local chapter of Students Demand Action with Everytown’s help in August 2016, and since then has published an informational on shootings in her school paper and is working with the Berkeley mayor and city council to draft an ordinance to mandate safer storage of guns. She also successfully lobbied the mayor to join a Mayors Against Illegal Guns group.
2-page ad in The New York Times calls out NRA-backed members of Congress
Two gun control groups, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have taken out a two-page ad in today’s The New York Times listing members of Congress who have accepted donations from the National Rifle Association. Following last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the groups created an action plan, #ThrowThemOut. The ad, which cost $230,000 and was created by the groups with help from strategic communications firm SKDK, is part of that plan.
Parkland shooting brings back painful memories of Columbine and shows states must act on gun laws
Unfortunately, Florida does not have a Red Flag Law — a policy adopted by five states that empowers family members and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily restrict a person's access to guns when they pose a danger to self or others. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, research shows that in at least 42% of mass shootings from 2009 to 2016, there is documentation the shooter exhibited warning signs before the shooting. America's gun homicide rate is 25 times the rate of any other developed nation. But 96 Americans dying of gun violence every day isn't enough to make Congress act. I urge the 45 other state legislatures to pass Red Flag Laws and help prevent another family from living out my nightmare.
For parents of shooting victims, a support network that keeps growing
Ms. Yuille’s mother died three days before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 26 people were killed, 20 of them first graders. The gun-control debate was suddenly everywhere, and Ms. Yuille, encouraged by a friend, began to speak up. She testified in support of background-check legislation in Oregon and got involved with the Everytown Survivor Network. Ms. Yuille now works for Americans for Responsible Solutions, an advocacy group founded by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot outside an Arizona supermarket in 2011, and her husband, the retired astronaut, Capt. Mark E. Kelly. At an Everytown training event in the spring of 2015, Ms. Yuille met Erica Lafferty, the daughter of one of the Newtown victims, Dawn Hochsprung, Sandy Hook’s principal. They were around the same age; their mothers had died three days apart. The connection was instantaneous.
'Throw them out': plans to eject politicians 'beholden to the gun lobby'
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, together with Everytown for Gun Safety, launched a campaign on Friday which it says will “empower voters to find out where candidates stand on gun safety”. “Throw them out” will target members of Congress who are “beholden to the gun lobby”, Moms Demand Action said. They’ve set up five steps people can follow to pressure lawmakers, including how to get politicians on the record as committing to stricter gun control and a tool to encourage friends to vote. The campaign uses a Washington Post interactive to help people track donations by the National Rifle Association. It means voters can understand which of their representatives have received money from the lobbying organization.
Gun safety groups aim to oust pro-NRA lawmakers
Groups advocating stricter gun laws are organizing Americans who want to channel anger into action after the deadly Florida school shooting. Everytown for Gun Safety says it has received $800,000 in unsolicited donations since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It calls it a precursor for midterm elections in 2018, which it hopes will turn the tide in gun politics. John Feinblatt, president of the Everytown group, says "it's time to elect leaders who will finally act to save lives from gun violence."
Five states allow guns to be seized before someone can commit violence
The nation’s patchwork of federal and state gun laws mainly involves background checks and actions to prevent people who pose a threat from buying firearms. The approach of the red flag laws is to seize guns from people who have them and to restrict their access until they are no longer deemed dangerous. “We think of this as a new frontier,” said Jonas Oransky, deputy legal director of Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group founded in 2014. “We don’t have a perfect system in this country, and we can’t stop every act of gun violence. This is a way for states to take some care and be somewhat nimble when there is a dangerous case.
My mom was killed at Sandy Hook—And now I have to watch another school shooting unfold'
That picked up a lot of attention, and in some whirlwind of events, I ended up in D.C. and met with the amazing founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group that supports stricter gun laws. I started volunteering for them in February 2013, was hired in October 2013, and I’ve been with them ever since. Now I know that the single most important thing the average American can do is show up at the ballot box and pay attention to who your elected leaders are. Figure out where they stand on gun issues, and if they support common-sense gun laws, make sure they get reelected. If they don’t, vote them out. If there’s not someone who does, run for office yourself.
As long as guns are readily available, they will be used to kill innocent people
This is a time for more than thoughts and prayers—this is a time for action. We are not helpless, and we do not have to live and die this way. We must demand our lawmakers do more to end this gun violence crisis. If elected officials won’t act, we will throw them out of office. We will turn out to vote and throw out lawmakers who refuse to put the safety of our families first. We’ll keep marching, keep organizing, and keep running for office. We all need to be a part of the solution, and together, we can reduce gun violence and keep our communities safe.
Heartbreak isn't enough. Shootings will continue until laws are changed
Today is the day for all of us to get off the sidelines. Today is the day to act in honor of every American wounded or killed by gun violence at school or college. That’s why Everytown and Moms Demand Action volunteers are committed to demand better of lawmakers. We deserve to live in a country in which students and teachers feel safe in their classrooms, where no child lives under the threat of gun violence in their schools. Every parent in America deserves to know that their kids will make it home for dinner. And, most importantly, we deserve to have lawmakers who understand that prioritizing public safety is not a political issue – it is a matter of common sense.
What it’s like being a teacher during a school shooting
There were a lot of very frightened children and very frightened adults. We made it through the rest of the year with a lot of pain, agony, mourning. As educators you always want to find out why something happened. It was a steep learning curve to understand the complexity of the laws in our country that are so biased against what is good for the people and instead protect organizations like the NRA. To us this is about people making a choice to kill children and we are not doing anything about it … How is that possible in our country? We survivors all touch base when this happens, sometimes it’s just texting a green heart, sometimes it’s just a sad face but we always check in with each other because it opens the wounds every single time.
Everytown launches post-Florida action plan
Looking to seize on activist outrage in the wake of the Florida school shooting, Everytown for Gun Safety — the group backed by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg — is launching a “five-action plan” to energize supporters ahead of the midterms. The plan is the beginning of what is expected to be a major injection of money and action into the 2018 campaign cycle, targeting officials in Congress in state capitals who don’t back gun regulations. “It’s time to throw them out,” said Everytown President John Feinblatt. A sign of the interest in the cause: Without soliciting any donations, Everytown saw online donations of $750,000 in 24 hours after the latest shooting.
'Hold our lawmakers responsible': Actress and mom Julianne Moore's heartfelt plea after Florida shooting
I joined Everytown for Gun Safety and formed a group of actors and artists who would be willing to speak publicly about gun violence and take action with their legislatures. More than five years later, my now teenage daughter has taken action herself and formed a gun violence prevention club at her school, modeled on Everytown and Moms Demand Action. So whose fault is this? Who do we hold responsible? Who do we persuade to stop this? I am done cajoling, persuading and attempting to convince our lawmakers to change policy. Find out where your representation stands on these issues, ask them how they voted.
I survived a school shooting only to have Congress fail me and other victims
We often find ourselves asking, “what could I have done?” The shooter in Parkland had a history of threatening students and had made disturbing posts on social media. Months ago, it’s reported that his mother called the police with concerns about his actions. It’s too late to know if this would have prevented Wednesday’s shooting, but we need to think about the next community that is surely to be devastated. The truth is, there is so much we could do. The real question is: Will we do it? Is the body count high enough to implore our elected leaders to take action?
Cities and states take the lead on banning bump stocks
Massachusetts, which has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, enacted its ban a month after the Las Vegas shooting, pushed through a Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed into law by a Republican lieutenant governor. New Jersey followed suit last month with a measure signed into law by outgoing Republican Gov. Chris Christie. About a dozen other states are considering similar bills. “This is a very familiar story. The Congress cowers in the face of the NRA, and the states act,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for tougher gun laws. Connecticut, home to some of the world’s most legendary gun makers, is among the other states considering bans.
Activists are making some headway in banning domestic abusers from buying guns
Salon reports that activists focusing on the connection between domestic abuse and acts of gun violence have become a focal point of legislative change, with surprising results. According to WBALTV, a rally held on Tuesday in Annapolis, Maryland, actually won some Second Amendment Rights activists to the other side. The rally was hosted by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, an organization that considers itself “pro-gun safety.” The testimony from women who had been subjected to domestic abuse, explaining how their partners having guns became a part of that violence, moved the hearts and minds of the NRA advocates present. Moms Demand Action was founded by Shannon Watts, who seems to think that asking if Americans are “numb” to gun violence is a way of diminishing the work of organizations like hers. She told Salon that after seeing success with bills that “disarm domestic abusers” in 25 states and Washington, DC, “we’re getting ready to do it in Maryland, maybe Pennsylvania.
Hope on guns? States are starting to take them away from abusers
A minor miracle happened on Tuesday in Annapolis, Maryland. About 200 activists with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense were rallying in the state capital to support the passage of a restriction on gun ownership, and they were met with resistance by counter-protesters from the NRA. At first, things were tense between the two groups, but, in a surprising twist for our hyper-partisan times, the NRA protesters, upon learning what the bill is about — taking guns away from people convicted of domestic abuse — decided to switch sides, throwing their support behind the bill instead. It was a small sign of something that gun safety advocates have been saying for years: Changing gun laws is not as impossible as many believe.
Mothers are fighting for gun policy reform
Two teenagers were killed when a student opened fire at a high school in Benton, Kentucky, on Tuesday. Just three weeks into 2018, the incident marked the 11th school shooting of the year. “The reality is, 90 percent of Americans support stronger, common sense gun laws,” said Shannon Watts, founder of advocacy group Moms Demand Action. “We’re in a situation where we don’t have to convince America. We have to convince lawmakers to do the right thing.
In the wake of the Kentucky school shooting, a look at how kids get guns
Connie Courtney, of Crestwood, Kentucky, is a volunteer with the Kentucky chapter of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which advocates for secure storage of guns and background checks on gun purchases. She says she finds a lot of common ground with gun owners around the state, including some who are members of her group. “Our group does support the Second Amendment,” Courtney said. “I think most people support the same issues we support. It just seems to break down with our leaders in Frankfort and D.C.” Missy Jenkins-Smith, of Murray, Kentucky, is another member of Moms Demand Action. She is also a survivor of a school shooting, which killed three students and left her paralyzed from the chest down.
Another school shooting: Are we numb to it?
Gun safety and school safety advocates say the shock factor has disappeared amid years of school shootings, making them feel like common, everyday events. “It is a story that feels probably like the movie ‘Groundhog Day,’” said Shannon Watts, who founded Moms Demand Action after watching the shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults. “It almost is like some kind of bar has been set (since Newtown), and if school shootings don’t reach that bar, then maybe they’re not newsworthy, which is in itself wrong,” Watts later added. “We have to care every time a gun goes off on school grounds, no matter what the reason is ... because we are the only developed nation where this happened.
After my mom survived Sandy Hook, I lost the luxury of ignoring gun violence
As the details of the shooting in Kentucky were unfolding, I was struck by how Marshall County school board chairman Randy Travis responded to the news. He said, “In a small town like this you don’t think anything like this would ever happen here … but it did.” I’ve heard these words before. I uttered these same words while I was processing our own community’s shooting. I, too, had mistakenly believed that tragedies like gun violence only happen when people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Children and educators are supposed to be safe in their schools. And on the morning of the shooting at Sandy Hook, those students and educators—and my mom—were all exactly where they were supposed to be. But I was forced to confront the harsh reality that gun violence can—and does—happen anytime, anywhere. Even an elementary school.
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?
Comment: NRA foe to deliver pro-life message
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.