Mueller looks into Trump campaign ties to National Rifle Association as part of Russia probe
Everytown for Gun Safety, a pro-gun control organization and NRA foe, welcomed Mueller’s interest in the Trump connection. “Between the Mueller investigation and Maria Butina pleading guilty to conspiracy after using the NRA to advance the Kremlin’s agenda, we may finally start getting answers,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown.
Political shifts, sales slump cast shadow over gun industry
Gun-control advocates are rejoicing in the gun industry’s misfortunes of late and chalking it up to not just shifting attitudes among Americans but a shift in elected political leaders. “Without a fake menace in the White House to gin up fears, gun sales have been in a Trump slump and, as a result, the NRA is on the rocks,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Joe Bartozzi, the new president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said the industry isn’t disturbed by the drop in gun sales or the shift in federal politics.
House Dems make gun control action an early priority
Some newly elected Democrats in competitive districts even actively ran on gun control, like Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), who became an activist after losing her son to gun violence. McBath won a suburban Atlanta district President Trump narrowly carried in 2016. "This bill is further proof that gun safety is no longer the third rail of American politics,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
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Along with her husband, Mark Kelly, she helps run an organization to combat gun violence. An affiliated super PAC joined forces with other anti-gun groups, such as Everytown for Gun Safety, largely funded by Michael Bloomberg, and largely outspent the NRA and other gun rights groups during the past election cycle. They provided a political shield for Democrats who wanted to aggressively push measures such as background-check legislation and a ban on semiautomatic weapons.
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Pressley and other Democrats hope to also put forth measures that have advanced in individual states to limit domestic abusers the ability to purchase firearms, advance "red flag" proposals allowing courts to disarm potentially dangerous gun owners and fund Center for Disease Control and Prevention research on gun violence. "If the midterms showed us anything, it's that gun safety is no longer the third rail of American politics," John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, told ABC News.
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The tragic absurdity of this system was driven home less than a week after the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, when Everytown for Gun Safety released video footage of a private investigator walking into a gun show and buying multiple firearms similar to those used by the Vegas shooter—all without a background check, and all completely legal. The solution is both simple and obvious: Expand our national background checks requirement to include all gun sales. This won’t completely solve the gun violence crisis—but it will keep more guns out of dangerous hands. In 2017, the current system denied more than 170,000 gun sales, 39 percent of them to convicted felons — so we know background checks work.
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Another activist, Diana Earl, drove down from Austin for the rally. It’s been two years since her only son, then 22, was shot to death in Austin, and she’s now a part of gun-control advocacy group Moms Demand Action. “Shootings like this are a constant reminder that people shouldn’t be walking around with firearms, people with mental health issues or criminal convictions,” Earl said. “And every time it happens, it reopens the wound.
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Shannon Watts, founder of "Moms Demand Action," pointed to the progress made in 2018, in an opinion piece in The Huffington Post titled "2018 Was The Year We Turned The Tide On Ending Gun Violence." Watts said the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 14 students and three staff members dead was the defining moment. "Millions of Americans took to the streets, marching for gun safety, following the lead of teens who would no longer allow lawmakers to turn a blind eye to gun violence," she said.
2018 Was The Year We Turned The Tide On Ending Gun Violence
When gunfire went off at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last February, I thought to myself, “Not again.” In the five years since the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and the following day, when I founded Moms Demand Action, there had been so many mass tragedies. An AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. A nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A music festival in Las Vegas. Another church, this time in Sutherland Springs, Texas. And between all the mass shootings, there’s the daily gun violence that doesn’t make the national headlines. Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed, and hundreds more are wounded.
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After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, I went with my mom to a Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She had been a volunteer for a while, but before the Parkland shooting, I hadn’t considered my role in preventing gun violence. After it, I felt like I had to act and knew there must be more students like me could do to help end the gun violence crisis. As a junior in high school, I’d never been involved in any kind of activism, but I had to try. Turns out lots of other young people came to the meeting, too, and we all got together and decided to form our own Students Demand Action chapter. Since that day we’ve been hard at work registering and pre-registering voters, phone banking, canvassing, and participating in local events like the Miami Wear Orange event for National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
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Since Congress has failed to enact stronger gun laws, regular Americans have stepped up. Since 2012, Moms Demand Action has grown from a Facebook page into the nation’s largest grassroots gun violence prevention organization with more than five million supporters. Our volunteers have been hard at work, advocating for laws to keep our families safe from gun violence. In 2018 alone, 20 states passed meaningful gun safety laws, nine of them signed into law by Republican governors. It’s time that Democrats and Republicans reach across the aisle and work together to confront our nation’s gun violence crisis. Come January, we’ll be looking to the new Congress to pass meaningful laws — like background checks on all gun sales — and work together in a bipartisan way.
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Exit polling is still being parsed, but one thing is clear: In an election where women voters were crucial in swaying the balance of power, gun violence prevention was a priority issue for women from all walks of life,” the group’s founder, Shannon Watts, wrote about the midterm elections. “Gun violence isn’t a right-or-left issue — it’s a life-or-death issue.
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By the time the Parkland shooting happened, Moms Demand Action, the grass-roots arm of Everytown, had a chapter in every state and local groups in hundreds of communities. Nationally, the group’s volunteer numbers tripled in the months after the shooting, and those volunteers organized en masse in favor of gun restrictions and against permitless carry bills in Alabama, Oklahoma, Virginia and other states. All of the permitless carry bills were defeated. There was this structure we had built that could take in all of that anger and heartbreak and make it into action and put it into passing laws,” Taylor Maxwell, a spokeswoman for Everytown, said in September.
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Everytown for Gun Safety also crunched the CDC's statistics and found that more people died from guns in 2017 than from vehicle accidents. Car crash deaths have been steadily sinking for years while gun violence numbers have been increasing. "Common-sense laws to make American cars, roads and drivers safer played a key role in the steady decline of auto deaths," Everytown's John Feinblatt said in a press release, "and common-sense laws are exactly what we need to make American communities safer from gun violence. "Come January, lawmakers should view our nation’s gun violence crisis for what it is: a public health crisis," added Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in the release.
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At Mary’s funeral, I vowed to honor my sister with action. And just a month after the shooting, I became active in the gun violence prevention movement as a member of the Everytown Survivor Network and my local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. I’ve spent every legislative session since 2013 down at the state Capitol, sharing my story and advocating for stronger gun laws. I’ve had gun rights extremists tell me my sister would be alive had she been armed. The idea we should arm teachers as a solution to gun violence is preposterous. My daughter isn’t going into teaching to be a sharpshooter. The mere thought prompted her to join me at the Capitol the past several years, testifying against dangerous bills that would allow guns in our schools.
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It wasn't all good news for these groups, however, as candidates in favor of fewer restrictions on guns won key Senate and gubernatorial contests in purple and red states. And gun control groups are fully aware that the NRA could make a comeback in 2020. “The NRA lobbyists are like cockroaches. Just when you think you’ve gotten rid of all of them, you shine a flashlight and there they are,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, the grassroots arm of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Several times demise of gun lobby has been predicted. We re-calibrate and shine a light on their dangerous agenda,” she added. The NRA didn’t respond to multiple interview requests for this story.
Gun-control group claims victory at ballot box, in statehouses
In its annual year-in-review memo, Everytown said that 150 of the 196 candidates endorsed by its political arm, the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, in the midterm elections won seats. They include places where gun control has not typically been a galvanizing issue, such as Kansas and Nevada, where Democrats Laura Kelly and Steve Sisolak were elected governors. Democrat Lucy McBath, whose son was killed in a dispute over loud music at a Florida gas station, won a seat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. “I think this was the year of gun safety and I think what’s so noteworthy is that Americans have now realized gun safety isn’t a right or left issue, but it’s a life or death issue,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown.
After this election, the NRA is no longer calling all the shots
But real-life events and political surprises indicate that the landscape might be changing. And the work of groups such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and other large and small organizations has made a difference. Where once politicians were loath to cross the NRA because of the organization’s hefty purse and powerful get-out-the-vote success, candidates in unlikely places are showing that a nuanced position is not a deal breaker. Earlier this month, Democrat Lucy McBath, a onetime spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, won a House seat in Georgia that Newt Gingrich once held, no doubt surprising some leaders in her own party.
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Sabika’s family, who are represented by the gun policy reform group Everytown for Gun Safety, hopes the suit will force accountability on not just gun owners, but on people who ignore warning signs in their loved ones, even though they know of the risk they might pose to others. “We believe that the shooter’s parents had multiple opportunities to stop what had happened, and they did not engage in anything,” Albasit said. “The motivation behind this lawsuit is that any gun owner in the US must feel an obligation when it comes to their weapons, not just in storing them safely, but in speaking up when they believe that someone around them is at risk of harming themselves or people around them.
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On November 12, Mycoskie announced his idea to Bain Capital, the private equity firm that’s owned a 50% stake in TOMS since 2014: TOMS would donate $5 million to nonprofits working to end gun violence (including Everytown for Gun Safety, Faith in Action, March for Our Lives, and Moms Demand Action), use its platform and social network to call on lawmakers to pass universal background checks, and permanently alter its giving model to prioritize issue-based efforts of this magnitude going forward. He was done avoiding politics. “If we have this much power as business leaders, we have to use it,” he says.
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After her sophomore year of high school, Alanna Miller, now 18, spent her summer working at T.J. Maxx. But the Dallas-Fort Worth teen said her priorities shifted dramatically last winter when she was assigned to research the issue of universal background checks for firearms for her debate team. Miller has grown up in an era of mass shootings and has been undergoing routine lockdown drills since kindergarten. When Miller learned about the grassroots movement Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America as part of her debate research, she decided to join the group’s youth chapter, Students Demand Action, as a local leader.
Gun safety was a winning issue in the midterm elections
This year, the gun violence prevention movement outspent the NRA. But we out-hustled them, too. Moms Demand Action volunteers worked with partners to register 100,000 new voters. And we had 1.2 million conversations with voters about gun sense candidates by going door to door and making phone calls. It’s because of that hard work that winning candidate after candidate has thanked Moms Demand Action volunteers during their acceptance speeches and in interviews. I’ve yet to see any photos this election cycle of NRA members canvassing or celebrating with winning candidates. And there’s a reason for that. This cycle, we went head-to-head with the NRA in 43 races (meaning we both endorsed candidates): gun safety candidates won 33 races, the NRA won nine races and 1 has yet to be called.
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John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president, countered with a different interpretation: “There’s no question in our mind 2018 will be remembered as the year of gun safety and will be a reset moment.” Both the N.R.A. and Everytown said about 80 percent of the candidates they endorsed won. Elections, of course, are won at the margins — outside of the 80 percent. And it was swing districts that helped tilt the House back to the Democrats, often aided by gun-control groups.
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Part of the shift is due to the NRA’s coming out as an exclusively Republican organization. Politically, the NRA now lives by the GOP, dies by the GOP. It has absolutely no protection in states with Democratic majorities or, starting in January, in the House, where Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has already promised to introduce gun-regulation proposals. The rest of the shift flows from a broader backlash against the nihilism that fuels both the NRA and Trumpism. Women have taken the lead in combating both. Shannon Watts, the force behind the gun-safety group Moms Demand Action, is one of the most successful political activists in the nation. Her group, which is supported by Bloomberg L.P. founder Mike Bloomberg, regularly checks the gun movement in even Republican state capitals.
Gun control groups spent $2.4 million more than the NRA in midterm elections
Another group, Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun safety group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saw 83% of the 66 candidates it endorsed in federal races win on election night, NPR reported. On the other hand, the NRA spent just $10 million this time around, a drastic cutback in previous election spending. In 2016, the gun rights group spent more than $55 million on federal elections, according to the Guardian.
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The Democrats won the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives (that now includes more than 100 women), which means there will be a strong push for gun control legislation so Americans can freely go to a bar, a concert, a movie theater, a classroom, a place of worship, a yoga studio, etc. without the fear of being shot. Electing these gun control advocates—many who have experienced gun violence firsthand—was the first step. Now it's time to push them to introduce new legislation on both the state and federal level.
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But in 2018, perhaps because of the the political activity around the Parkland, Fla., school shootings, many candidates campaigned openly on promises to strengthen gun laws. "This issue used to be considered the third rail of American politics, but no longer," said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. Undoubtedly, some Democrats still don't emphasize their stance on gun control, but the overall Democratic recalibration on gun policy wasn't limited to the stereotypical cities on the coasts.
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They say that they won on the strength of their ideas — health care, gun control — as well as their personal stories, and that their platforms will guide their votes. But still, each candidate’s race was bolstered by women’s activism. In her victory speech, Wexton — a state senator who defeated Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock — gave shout-outs to Network Nova and Moms Demand Action, local progressive groups driven largely by women. “The mobilization of women and women’s groups was huge in my race,” she said the day after her win.
Gun control groups outspent NRA in midterm elections
Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords, a gun control group founded by a Congresswoman injured in a mass shooting, together spent more than $11m to influence national races, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. The two groups spent millions to boost Lucy McBath in Georgia and Jason Crow in Colorado, gun control advocates who beat Republicans with A-ratings from the NRA. McBath, who has been a national spokeswoman for Everytown, lost her 17-year-old son Jordan Davis in 2012 when a white man shot and killed the unarmed teenager after an argument about loud music.
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The city of Thousands Oaks, California, is mourning after a former marine opened fire at a country music bar Wednesday night, killing 12 people, mostly students. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February. Police have identified the gunman as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a Marine veteran who had deployed to Afghanistan and had a history of mental health issues, including possible PTSD. The dead include 27-year-old Telemachus Orfanos, who survived the deadly Las Vegas massacre at a country music festival last year, only to be gunned down Wednesday night. We speak with Sarah Dachos, a Navy veteran and volunteer with the D.C. chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and a founding member of the Everytown Veterans Advisory Council.
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America’s latest mass shooting came the day after the Democrats regained control of the House in the midterm election results and some that as a sign that the public wants “common sense” gun safety laws, said Shannon Watts, the founder of gun safety advocacy group Moms Demand Action. “The voting public sent a strong signal to political candidates in this country that not only is gun safety no longer a third-rail issue of politics, it’s also bringing people out to the polls,” she said.
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Ms. McBath, who became a spokeswoman for Everytown and a 2016 campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton, relayed her story on the campaign trail and in her early television advertisements. But in the closing weeks before Election Day, Ms. McBath focused on health care and economic issues. Everytown’s closing TV ad backing Ms. McBath didn’t mention gun control, focusing instead on health care. “Voters absolutely understood where Lucy stood on the issue of gun safety,” said Everytown President John Feinblatt. “There was no question in voters’ minds about Lucy story, but there were other stories we needed to tell, too.
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What's changing? Part of it is undoubtedly that the shooting in Parkland, Florida, and mass shootings in general, have made gun safety as pressing an issue on the left as gun rights have traditionally been on the right. Groups like Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety spent a lot of money and recruited a huge number of volunteers to canvass for their endorsed candidates. That sort of elbow grease should never be underestimated when it comes to affecting electoral results.
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Spending to support candidates backing tougher gun control surged this year, even as campaign spending by the NRA declined. Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pledged $30 million for this year’s elections and continued to put new money into competitive races in the final days. A political action committee formed by Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman wounded in a shooting, spent nearly $5 million.
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When you see something like this happen and find out it’s someone with a military history, all of a sudden that becomes the center of attention,” said Chris Marvin, a member of the Everytown for Gun Safety Veterans Advisory Council and a retired combat-wounded Army officer. “When we hear Marine Corps, people jump to PTSD, and they do it because they want to scapegoat — here’s something to blame,” he said. While Mr. Marvin and other specialists point out that the overwhelming majority of those suffering from PTSD do not commit violence, those close to Long seemed deeply concerned that he was on the verge of lashing out.
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Another day, another mass shooting, this time 12 people dead. It’s tempting to accept Wednesday night’s violence in Thousand Oaks, Calif., as just another day in blood-soaked America. But we shouldn’t. Not after the Tuesday election. Not after the Democrats flipped the House. Not after we witnessed the dwindling political influence of the National Rifle Association and the rise of politically savvy gun violence groups like Everytown for Gun Safety.
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After her son’s slaying, McBath became active in gun control advocacy. John Feinblatt, who heads the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, said McBath first came to them as a volunteer and eventually joined the staff and headed faith outreach efforts. “We saw in Lucy a natural leader that people immediately started to look up to for her real devotion to honoring her son and ability to rally others,” he said.
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Still, to gun violence prevention advocates, Tuesday’s results served as a clear sign that the intensity gap on gun policy has closed, and that the longstanding NRA stranglehold on the issue has been broken. “Americans voting with gun violence in mind are voting for gun safety and against the NRA,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an arm of Everytown, in a call with reporters on Tuesday.
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Gun violence prevention groups got a positive return on their investment in House races. In a first, Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords outspent the National Rifle Association this year on federal contests. In four of the six House races the reform groups poured the most money into, their preferred candidates won. They may claim a fifth in Georgia’s 6th District, where Democrat Lucy McBath received $4.1 million from gun reform groups in a race that’s too close to call, though McBath is leading by 0.9 percent. McBath became a gun violence prevention activist following the death of her son, Jordan Davis, in a 2012 “stand your ground” shooting in Florida, and the district has been in the national spotlight ever since Jon Ossoff raised a boatload of money in a losing special election bid early in the Trump era.
McBath joined the movement against gun violence after her 17-year-old son Jordan was gunned down in 2012 by a white man for playing loud music in his car. She is a national spokesperson for Everytown and Moms Demand Action, and founded an education organization called Champions in the Making Legacy Foundation. McBath wants to expand Medicaid in Georgia and has been critical of Republican tax cuts for corporations and the rich.
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Comstock’s reputation as a strong gun rights advocate had also made her a key target of the gun reform movement, with advocacy groups pouring nearly $1 million into the race, according to tracking by The Trace, an outlet funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety organization. The National Rifle Association meanwhile endorsed Comstock once again, having supported her in previous cycles. Although the NRA touted her “A” rating, it spent just over $12,000 in the election.
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Democrats have become noticeably more willing to embrace gun control on the campaign trail, particularly after a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year that led to a wave of protests and backlash against the NRA. “So many candidates for Congress, particularly women, are running on this issue—not just making it part of their platform and not just supporting it, but actually running on it,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, told The New York Times on Sunday.
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Even those who aren’t directly impacted by the violence often report symptoms of depression and grief, including sorrow, trouble sleeping and a lack of concentration following a mass shooting, according to the American Psychological Association. Recognizing and embracing those emotions is key to not becoming disillusioned and jaded. “It is so important to not just gloss over when a tragedy happens,” says Shannon Watts, a leading gun control advocate and founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “[We need] to think about it, to process it and to grieve that it is happening in our country.
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According to Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, “So many candidates for Congress, particularly women, are running on this issue — not just making it part of their platform and not just supporting it, but actually running on it.” One of them is Amber Gustafson, a gun owner and a former Republican, running for majority leader of the Iowa Senate as a Democrat.
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Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action: “I’m voting for the candidates who have received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction. And for the first time, I’ll be filling out my ballot beside my son, Sam, who turned 18 in September. As Sam prepares to leave home and attend college (in a state that doesn't allow guns on campuses), my top priority is to support candidates who will make gun violence prevention a priority so that ALL of our kids safer.
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At the same time, 61 percent of Americans want stricter gun laws, according to Gallup; that includes some gun owners. Support for universal background checks and red-flag laws is substantially higher. And this is emboldening some Democrats. “So many candidates for Congress, particularly women, are running on this issue — not just making it part of their platform and not just supporting it, but actually running on it,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the grass-roots arm of Everytown for Gun Safety. Everytown, which is largely funded by Michael Bloomberg, has endorsed 196 candidates this year in 36 states, and more than 40 volunteers for Moms Demand Action are running for office.
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For family members of the so-called Emanuel Nine and others in Charleston, the Tree of Life shootings carried their own form of post-traumatic stress. Sharon Risher, who lost her mother, Ethel Lance, in the Charleston attack, said she could not stop crying when she heard the news on CNN. “It was like somebody had just stabbed me in my heart again,” she said.
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For the past few years, Everytown had focused on changing laws in states where it saw a chance to make inroads, including Nevada and Washington. It is now trying to replicate that with congressional and statewide races. “The momentum is with us, the NRA is on its heels, and we think that it’s an opportunity to keep redrawing the map,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown.
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Moms Demand Action, an anti-gun-violence group that now counts five million supporters, said it had registered more than 100,000 voters and reached more than 200,000 through canvassing. “I think that women want to take out their frustration and their feeling of powerlessness,” said Shannon Watts, the group’s founder. “We’re only 20 percent of legislators. The power that we have is to use our votes and our voices, and I see women wanting to plug in and get involved.
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We need to put people over profits,” says Shenee Johnson, 45, whose son Kedrick was shot in the chest at a 2010 party, just weeks before he graduated high school. “We’re asking for common-sense laws.” That’s the message that Shannon Watts, who founded the nonpartisan Moms Demand at her kitchen table after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, works to promote after every devastating shooting.
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One notable beneficiary of those funds is Lucy McBath, who’s running in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District against Rep. Karen Handel, who won the seat in a special election last year. McBath, whose teenage son was shot and killed at a gas station in 2012, has made guns a central issue of her platform. By campaigning as a grieving mother, McBath has sought to connect with voters in a district that hasn’t elected a Democrat since 1979. She’s received more than $1 million from Everytown, and like Pureval, that doesn’t seem to be damaging her chances too badly. A recent FiveThirtyEight poll analysis showed McBath lagging Handel by only a few points.
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Everytown is promoting it online, alongside a host of recent ads aimed at rallying support among young people, people of color, and female voters ahead of midterms. “We have seen that gun safety is a salient issue with voters,” says Brynne Craig, the group’s political director in an email to Fast Company. “We know that voters will go to the polls with gun safety top of mind on November 6.
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A powerful new video, released Thursday night, encourages people to vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections for candidates who are committed to ending America’s epidemic of gun violence. The video — released by Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit group dedicated to gun violence prevention, in partnership with the media company ATTN: — features three people from different walks of life who have been impacted by gun violence.
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I am grateful to my parents for moving our family to Squirrel Hill in 1988. I cannot imagine growing up anywhere else. To have this special neighborhood — my neighborhood — thrust into the national spotlight in such a horrific way is like a cruel nightmare. This summer, I took over as volunteer leader of the Washington, D.C., chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. As a part of the gun safety community, I’ve sadly come to realize that gun violence is a public health crisis. Gun violence encompasses more than mass shootings, it is also domestic violence, unintentional shootings by children, firearm suicide and police shootings.
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McCaulou herself belongs to Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership, a group advocating for reforms such as universal background checks and safe storage, and she knows hunters who’ve joined Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, more traditional gun-control advocacy groups. The biggest risk of staying silent, she added, “is nothing changes.” More than 36,000 people were killed by guns in America in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about two-thirds of which were suicides.
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From 2006 through 2015, an average of more than 10,300 hate crimes a year in America involved a firearm on the scene, according to Everytown for Gun Safety's analysis of Bureau of Justice Statistics data. That's more than 28 each day. According to 2016 FBI data on hate crimes, 21 percent are attacks motivated by bias against a religion, most often anti-Semitism or anti-Islamic prejudice. In the words of Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who wrote recently about gun violence and other issues that too quickly get passed over by the news cycle, “We deserve better.” We deserve better gun laws. We deserve to live free from the fear of being shot in our places of worship and common community. And we deserve better leaders who will stand up for the safety of our communities.
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The drop in the NRA's political spending is a rare shift, one that hasn't occurred in 20 years, according to data from the Federal Election Commission: The NRA spent $11 million for midterm races this year, nearly half of what gun-control groups spent, per the same data. Meanwhile Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has pledged to dedicate $30 million to the 2018 midterms. After the Pittsburgh shooting, Everytown bought an additional $700,000 in advertisements targeting Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.).
How grieving mother Shenee Johnson turned anguish over her son’s gun death into action
Reeling from her grief, Johnson — who is among PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World — began to get involved with gun violence prevention in her Queens, N.Y. community. “I started meeting other mothers like me, and their stories sounded the same: 17, 16-year-old young people being murdered. And I knew then that I would dedicate my life to preventing gun violence.” Her activism led her to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the group founded by Shannon Watts in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
How Julianne Moore and her 16-year-old daughter Liv are teaming up to end gun violence
Across the country in Colorado, another mom, Shannon Watts felt the same way — and was moved to found the nonpartisan group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which soon drew Moore’s support. “Shannon always says, ‘If we lose our children, we have nothing left to lose.’ Women have been so incredibly instrumental in this movement because you’re like, ‘You’re threatening my family. You’re threatening my children. And you have a government that seems incapable of doing anything about it — even common-sense gun safety measures.
Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts on finding ‘a tribe of women who will hold you up
There are 80 million moms in America — and together, they have the power to end gun violence in this country. That’s the message behind Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the group founded by Shannon Watts in the wake of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “I absolutely believe that women and moms in this country are the secret sauce to social activism and advocacy,” Watts, 47, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.
Rare drop in NRA election spending as gun-limit groups rise
The NRA has put $11 million into midterm races this year — less than half what it spent four years ago in a campaign that gave Republicans full control of Congress. This year's totals are also far below the $54 million the group spent in 2016 on both the presidential and congressional races. The shift comes as spending to support tougher gun control measures has surged. Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pledged $30 million for this year's election, and has continued to put new money into competitive races in the final days. A political action committee formed by Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman wounded in a shooting, is spending nearly $5 million.
How the NRA stokes conspiratorial anti-semitism
This sort of thinly and not-so-thinly veiled anti-Semitism has become a key part of the NRA’s playbook, said Andrew Zucker, federal media relations director at Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit largely funded by Bloomberg, the former Republican mayor of New York City. ″[The NRA’s] leaders peddle conspiracy theories, fuel hatred and traffic in dog-whistle politics in order to incite fear and sell more guns,” Zucker said in a statement to HuffPost. “The NRA’s rhetoric has reached a dangerous new low, and Americans have had enough.
Is gun control part of the 2018 midterm elections? Here's what you should know
Elite Daily spoke with Matt McTighe, Chief Operating Officer of Everytown for Gun Safety, about the Washington measure and the role gun control will have on next week's elections around the country. It does speak to a nationwide willingness to take action on gun safety where the federal government has failed to act," McTighe says of the Washington initiative. "What's most encouraging is that it is being done in a bipartisan way — it's not just blue states, Democrats, liberals." Some 14 of those states that enacted gun control laws in the last year did so under Republican leadership.
Emanuel AME Reverend to Pittsburgh Synagogue: Together, we will rise up
My mother, Mrs. Ethel Lance; my cousins, Tywanza Sanders and Susie Jackson; and my childhood friend Myra Thompson were killed along with five others, including Reverend Clementa Pinckney. My entire life changed in a second. How does one comprehend such devastation? I’m a trauma chaplain, yet all of my training went out the window. I couldn’t believe this could happen to my mother, to all the others. Growing up, I witnessed and heard of so many racially motivated hate crimes. But never in my life did I think the country would return to such unspeakable acts of violence and intolerance. The AME church shooting would surely be a wake-up call to our nation. But here we are, three years later, and deadly hate crimes continue to be a scourge upon our nation.
“As US midterms approach, moms hit the trail to preach gun control
Like thousands of other moms, who wear red shirts for their cause, the 56-year-old Giammittorio is hoping for change at the ballot box. She is campaigning for Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat running for a seat in the House of Representatives against Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock, who has an "A" rating from the NRA for her voting record. "Jennifer Wexton would definitely help change the balance in the House," said Giammittorio, who is unabashed about her work for Moms Demand Action, which is backing 3,000 "gun sense candidates" on the federal, state and local levels.
How to stop hate from fueling the next mass shooting
As news broke that eleven people had been shot dead during Sabbath services at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday morning, I called Shannon Watts, the founder of the national grassroots gun violence prevention organization Moms Demand Action, who has been a leading voice on gun reform since the 2012 elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. I asked Watts what she had to say about yet another mass shooting—an exercise that’s become somewhat routine.
Pittsburgh mayor to Trump: Armed guards are not the answer
Instead, Peduto told NBC's "Meet the Press," he believes that gun-control measures would go further to help stop these shootings. "I belong to an organization, a bipartisan organization, called Mayors Against Illegal Guns," Peduto said. "I don't think that the answer to this problem is solved by having our synagogues, mosques and churches filled with armed guards or schools filled with armed guards." He added: "We should try to stop irrational behavior from happening at the forefront. And not try to create laws around irrational behavior to continue.
U.S. gun-control groups outspending pro-gun forces on election
Gun-control groups, including Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety, have spent $20.2 million on the elections, well over the $14.1 million spent by pro-gun groups led by the NRA, according to data released on Friday by the U.S. Federal Election Commission. So far, it marks the first time in at least two decades that gun-control groups have outspent gun-rights groups on federal races, though gun-control groups have outspent gun-rights advocates in state elections in recent years, according to data compiled by the National Institute on Money in Politics.
Everytown for Gun Safety releases celeb-filled PSA: 'Make a plan' for Election Day
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kevin Bacon, Michael J. Fox and Julianne Moore are just some of the stars encouraging voters to “make a plan” for their trips to the ballot box so they can vote for “candidates who will actually do something about our country’s gun violence crisis” in next month's midterm elections. “What’s your plan for voting? How you gonna get there?” Bacon asks in the video released Thursday by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, which was founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
I know the dangers of domestic violence firsthand — That's why I'm voting for gun safety
While a gun was not involved in my aunt's murder, more than half of women who die by gun violence in America are killed by intimate partners or family members. I used to blame myself for not doing enough, but now, I am determined to tell my aunt's story because sharing it could help inspire the change we need to save lives. There's no one law that can stop every act of violence. But there are common sense steps we can take, like keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, that can make a difference. It's with that in mind that I helped to found a chapter of Students Demand Action For Gun Sense in America on my college campus. The fact is that gun violence is preventable. Strong gun laws and a culture of responsible gun ownership can save lives, but we need lawmakers who will work with us to enact change.
Guns in America
To tell this uniquely American story, TIME partnered with JR, the artist and photographer known in part for his murals around the world that portray communities in all their complexity. In three U.S. cities profoundly affected by guns—Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.—we invited people to share their views and describe their experiences in a search for common ground.
They survived mass shootings. Now they are living with bullets inside them.
On an otherwise ordinary winter morning nearly eight years ago, Mary Reed was standing in a long line with her teenage daughter outside a Tucson supermarket to meet Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, when a gunman approached the crowd and opened fire. Ms. Reed shielded her daughter with her own body, moments before a 9 mm bullet tore through her, hit a rib and darted toward her spine. Ms. Reed was among 19 people shot, six fatally, on that day in January 2011, in that year’s worst mass shooting. As a survivor, she joined about 100,000 others who are wounded by gunfire every year. And with two bullets still lodged in her back, she’s also a member of a distinct group of Americans: those who live with the metal inside them.
Everytown For Gun Safety 'Enough!' PSA soundtracked by Sia's uplifting 'I'm Still Here': Watch
With just two weeks to go before the crucial midterm elections, Everytown for Gun Safety released a powerful PSA on Monday morning (Oct. 22) featuring teenagers dancing away the fear of being cut down by gunfire at school to the soundtrack of Sia's new anthem "I'm Still Here." The four-minute clip opens with a grade schooler approaching a voter registration sign-up table and grabbing an orange balloon, which pops in his hands, setting off a wave of panic among the other students keenly attuned to the sound of gunfire.
Mayors score a victory in court battle over the NRA-backed state law which blocks local firearm regulations
The state of Florida, along with Florida’s agriculture commissioner, attorney general and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner remain as defendants in the case. The governor is not named in the lawsuit. The state had sought to get the suit dismissed but lost in court Thursday. “The cities and public servants we represent are pleased the court rejected the state’s attempt to prevent this case from proceeding,” said Eric Tirschwell, litigation director for Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group that is representing the local governments in the lawsuit. “We look forward to showing why it is unconstitutional and illegal to threaten elected officials and their cities with severe penalties for taking action to protect public safety.
How to talk about gun safety with other parents
In 2016 while visiting family, 14-year-old JaJuan McDowell was fatally shot by a teen playing with an unsecured gun. His mother, Julvonnia McDowell, now volunteers with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which is affiliated with Everytown for Gun Safety, to educate kids about firearms and encourage moms and dads to talk about guns with other families. She often shares Everytown’s program called Be SMART, an acronym that stands for: Secure guns in homes and vehicles. Model responsible behavior. Ask about unsecured guns in other homes. Recognize the risks of teen suicide. Tell your peers to be SMART.
Bloomberg’s gun safety group to spend another $1.8 million on Nikki Fried, Sean Shaw
Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group co-founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Thursday that in addition to throwing $2 million behind Democratic candidates seeking Florida Cabinet positions, it will be dedicating $1.8 million solely to agriculture commissioner nominee Nikki Fried and attorney general hopeful Sean Shaw.
These are the women candidates who may flip the House in the midterms
Georgia’s 6th District has been Republican-controlled since 1979, but Democratic candidate Lucy McBath may be the first challenger with the momentum to flip it. Deciding to run for office after her son was shot and killed, she’s now a nationally-recognizable community organizer and gun reform advocate. She founded an education organization called Champions in the Making Legacy Foundation and even testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee as a national spokesperson for Everytown and Moms Demand Action.
Activism fatigue is real and here's how you can fight against it
Today’s younger generations shouldn’t feel singled out. “If you look back through history, so many major movements in our country — the Civil Rights Movement, the Antiwar Movement — have been led by students,” says Taylor King, a student leader at Students Demand Action, the student-led arm of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Young people historically have a role to play in major changes.
How one mom has taken gun safety into her own hands
Moms Demand Action has successfully advocated for bills that prohibit private gun sales without background checks in eight states, and bills that disarm domestic abusers in 25 states (at press time). “Every country is home to toxic masculinity. But only America makes it really easy to access an arsenal and ammunition,” Watts says. “And that is why this country has such a gun violence crisis.” Watts, 47, is now focused on the midterm elections, and is working to garner votes for pro-gun safety candidates. “Americans are fed up with offers of thoughts and prayers from lawmakers without taking action,” she says. “These are acts of cowardice by people we’ve elected to protect us.
Too many latina women are caught in the deadly intersections of gun violence and domestic violence
October marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, and this year it comes in advance of the most important elections of our lifetimes. As one of the largest and most important voting blocs in America, Latinas must be prepared to send a strong message to lawmakers who continue to prioritize the racist and misogynistic agenda of the NRA’s extreme leadership over their lives and the lives of their friends and family members. Our strength is in our numbers, our collective voice and our shared history of resilience. We must remember that in November. We owe it to the four women killed in Laredo, the clubgoers who died at Pulse and the thousands of other Latinx victims whose stories don’t appear on the front page of newspapers or cable news television to fight for the future of our communities at the ballot box.
Kesha on common sense gun laws and partnering with March for Our Lives to end gun violence
The intense desire to change the normalcy of the American gun violence culture is why I wanted to come together with the Parkland students behind the advocacy group March for Our Lives, as well as the artists Chika and my younger brother Sage. Together, we’re asking Americans to vote for candidates who support common sense gun laws in this November’s midterm elections, so that we can finally end senseless gun violence. (You can easily find the politicians in your state who stand for common sense gun laws on the Gun Sense Voter website, which is supported by Everytown and Moms Demand Action.)
New NRA 'Fx' rating for Florida candidates endorsed by Everytown For Gun Safety
Opponents of the NRA see the new rating as a victory and indication that the push for tighter gun laws is gaining momentum. John Feinblett, president of Everytown For Gun Safety, is among those who see the rating as a positive sign. “If there was ever any doubt that Everytown was the counterweight to the NRA, I think this proves it once and for all,” he told the Daily News. Everytown, founded in 2014, has endorsed more than 100 state and federal candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.
National gun control group pouring $500,000 into Gov. Tom Wolf's campaign
John Feinblatt, the nonprofit’s president, said in a statement that Pennsylvanians "deserve leaders with the courage to buck the [National Rifle Association] and champion common-sense gun laws." Mr. Wagner was recently endorsed by the NRA, whose political strategist labeled him a staunch supporter of the second amendment who will "fight to protect our fundamental right to self-defense." Everytown for Gun Safety, founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has lobbied successfully for gun safety measures in many state legislatures with help from its grassroots arm, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
NRA debuts new rating for Florida candidates backed by gun control group
The new NRA grade, Fx, targets candidates who have been endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety and its affiliate Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, advocacy groups supported by Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City. The Fx rating is only being applied to candidates in Florida, according to Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. The rating marks a candidate “who requested and received the endorsement of Bloomberg’s anti-gun groups”, according to the NRA’s web site.
National gun control group wades into race for control of Colorado Senate
That’s where Everytown for Gun Safety’s money could play a crucial role. The group’s spokesman, Andrew Zucker, declined to say how the group plans to divide the $650,000, but he did tell The Denver Post that they’re hopeful a Democratic Senate would push through reforms like a red-flag bill. Everytown for Gun Safety has endorsed Democrat Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed during the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting, for state House District 37. At the congressional level, the group has gotten behind Democrat Jason Crow, who is running to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora.
Waterloo for the NRA? Its donations to GOP candidates plunge 90 percent
While the NRA is pulling back, gun control advocacy groups are stepping up their spending this cycle. Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords' PAC has spent $3.6 million this year and Everytown for Gun Safety, founded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, has added another $1.5 million.
Gun control group investing millions in the 2018 election endorses a Miami Republican
A national gun control group co-founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is endorsing Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in the nation’s most expensive House race. Everytown for Gun Safety announced Tuesday that Curbelo was one out of 10 Florida lawmakers running for statewide or federal office who received an endorsement, and the only Republican on the list. Curbelo faces Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the November general election for a Miami-to-Key West seat that has seen more TV spending from both sides than any other House race in the country.
Gun sense at the ballot box
There are nearly 80 million moms in America, and many of us have banded together to demand change from politicians who have allowed the NRA’s guns everywhere agenda to endanger our communities. And what we’ve learned is that when we can’t change the hearts and minds of elected leaders, we have to change our elected leaders. And that’s why so many gun violence survivors and Moms Demand Action volunteers are running for elected office — from school boards to city councils to Congress.
The mothers are coming and they will change the world
The next time you’re tempted to take control and expect others to fall in line, consider the leadership model of two successful social action groups: Mothers Out Front and Moms Demand Action. These two different organizations mobilize mothers at the heart of their missions. They rely on mothers’ strong social capital and community ties to build their ranks. And though they have strong social media and digital presence, they encourage passionate supporters to bring in new members via in personal and social media contact. Most important, action is driven via chapter leaders and motivations in particular regions or cities.
Angry women are taken more seriously when they’re moms
But the anger of mothers has proven powerful on the political stage lately, too. One of the most influential lobbying groups pushing for gun control is Moms Demand Action, whose self-described mission is to enact “common-sense solutions [that] can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills too many of our children and loved ones every day,” and whose membership numbers grew from 70,000 to more than 200,000 after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in February. And in recent weeks, conservative women have invoked their roles as mothers of sons to defend Brett Kavanaugh as he faces allegations of sexual assault; it is on behalf of their sons, the NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and others have said, that they believe men should be considered innocent of alleged sexual misconduct unless proven guilty.
Pennsylvania to toughen gun laws in domestic violence cases
The bill picked up speed in March, when the Senate negotiated changes that moved the National Rifle Association to drop its opposition to it. The Senate promptly passed it, unanimously, but changes in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives triggered a new fight with some gun-rights advocates before the chamber approved it last week over their protests, 131-62. “It took a long time, it was a slow process,” said Deb Marteslo of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “It’s a mind shift here in the Capitol, but it happened and we’re deeply grateful. The winners here are the victims of abuse.
Moms Demand Action get some action in the Keystone state!
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand and who should have her own action figure, detailed the tremendous effort the "gun sense" organization put into this: They hosted five press conferences in September with both Republican and Democrat state legislators, local law enforcement, and an engaged public. They held a "Protect Pennsylvania Families" rally, published a video with volunteers that highlighted all the reasons state residents supported the bill. Perhaps the kicker was the list of "78 Reasons We Can't Wait" featuring 78 testimonials – one for each of the Pennsylvanians who died from domestic gun violence just in 2017.
NRA’s spending is way down in the 2018 midterms. Does it have ‘a popularity problem?
The NRA has spent less than half the $3.6 million laid out this year by the gun safety political action committee Giffords PAC, created by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in 2011 at a constituent meeting in a Tucson suburb. Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has spent just under $1.5 million so far, nearly matching the NRA.
A year after the Las Vegas Shooting, gun control advocates are getting out the vote in Nevada
This week’s campaign initiatives don’t mark the gun control groups’ first foray into Nevada’s races. Everytown has already spent $3.5 million to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sisolak, who had spearheaded the fundraising effort for Las Vegas victims. (The group has not yet announced its plans for key Senate races.) Giffords endorsed Rosen, who represents part of Las Vegas, and gave $5,000 to her campaign back in May. Rosen had been a vocal proponent for banning bump stocks, an appliance used in the shooting that turns firearms into semiautomatic weapons.
One year later, Vegas shooting survivor sees progress on guns
Robert Gaafar is one of the survivors of the Las Vegas shooting a year ago, and he is now partnering with Everytown to help launch a new election initiative. Gaafar said the progress on gun control in state and local races is heartening, even if the federal government remains unable or unwilling to do anything.
On The Las Vegas shooting anniversary, why this teen is thinking about activism
On March 14, I joined my classmates for a school walkout protesting our lawmakers’ lack of action on gun safety issues. Soon afterwards, I took another step when my peers and I channeled our passion and anger into starting a Students Demand Action group at my high school. Students Demand Action is how young people are making our voices heard in the fight for stronger gun laws, demanding common sense solutions like requiring a background check on every gun sale and disarming domestic abusers. We work to register our fellow students to vote, educate our school on gun safety, and do everything we can to elect gun sense candidates. We are fighting for our generation to be represented at the polls, and aim to inspire adults to take action as well.
My sister was shot in Las Vegas: Vote as if your life depends on it
In the year since the shooting, I’ve become an active participant in the gun violence prevention movement as a member of the Everytown Survivor Network and a volunteer with my local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. I’ve learned that like me, millions of other Americans have had their “enough” moment, and have gotten off the sidelines to demand change. And, it’s working.
The senator from Sandy Hook wants to make gun control a winning issue for Democrats
On Valentine’s Day in 2013, Shannon Watts, a mother of five who on the day after Sandy Hook founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, brought her budding army to Capitol Hill to lobby for the Manchin-Toomey bill. (When they got to Murphy’s office, his staff gave them handmade valentines.) Meanwhile, Murphy and his Connecticut colleagues worked with the Sandy Hook families to gather support for the legislation. But after a last-minute NRA lobbying effort killed the bill, the nascent partnership lost its footing. The new national groups turned their attention to state legislatures, where they hoped gun control might be an easier sell. “Congress would be the finale, not the curtain raiser,” says John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety, the organization backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Everytown for Gun Safety is spending $5 million on ads to flip 15 GOP House seats
It’s not just former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who’s throwing his support behind Democrats this election cycle. Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control advocacy organization founded by Bloomberg, is investing $5 million in a digital ad campaign targeting 15 “Red to Blue” House races. Part of its “Not One More” campaign, the initiative will target House districts in suburban communities outside of cities like Atlanta, Kansas City, Miami, and Minneapolis, reports Politico. In eight of the targeted districts the Republican incumbent is running for reelection; the other seven are open, Republican-controlled seats.
Arming teachers is reckless and puts our kids in danger
In the face of overwhelming evidence that arming teachers will make gun violence even more likely, students, parents, teachers and school safety experts – including police officers and the nation’s two largest organizations of education professionals – have voiced their opposition to this senseless and dangerous policy. In 2018 alone, Moms Demand Action volunteers helped convince 16 state legislatures to reject legislation that would have allowed guns in schools.
Bloomberg-founded gun control group launches ads to flip 15 GOP House districts
Everytown for Gun Safety, the group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is rolling out a $5 million digital ad campaign targeting 15 House races, as the group continues heavy investment in the midterm elections. The pro-gun control group announced plans to target House districts embedded in suburban communities outside of cities like Atlanta, Kansas City, Miami and Minneapolis. The 15 districts are all featured on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” target list, a program that denotes top-tier races.
Former gun-friendly Democrats are battling the NRA and winning, but they face a tougher test in November
But pro-gun control lobbies are countering the NRA's war chest, thanks in big part to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who launched Everytown for Gun Safety. Bloomberg also largely funds Moms Demand Action, which was launched following the Sandy Hook Elementary School school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Bloomberg has been pumping millions into Everytown, which has seen an increase in 265,000 individual donors in the past two years. It is unclear whether the pro-gun control Democrats' success in the primaries will translate to the midterms, and experts say it depends largely on activist voter turnout. There's some evidence that the gun-control movement could be a political force this November.
Gun control group’s political arm pouring millions into midterm elections
The fund, the political arm of the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, plans to spend $8 million to $10 million in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and New Mexico as an initial investment in the election. It will include contributions to candidates, as well as independent expenditures such as mail, television, radio and digital ads. “This is not a movement of blue states. This is a movement of Americans,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization. “The old third-rail warnings are out the window and you can redraw the map and work on gun safety virtually anywhere in this country.
Can the anti-gun-violence movement outraise–and outspend–the NRA?
Everytown for Gun Safety, a leading gun violence prevention group founded by Michael Bloomberg, who initially seeded the organization with $50 million in 2014, doesn’t like to reduce their efforts to simple economics. But they admit donations are already fueling their fight against the NRA’s agenda: Bloomberg has kept pumping his own millions into Everytown, but 350,000 individual donors have also join the cause (up from 85,000 donors two years ago). “Look at the Virginia races last year in the NRA’s own backyard and you see we had a total sweep,” says Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of the Everytown coalition.
Everytown for Gun Safety endorses Gina Raimondo for second term as Governor
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund today endorsed Governor Gina Raimondo for re-election in the September 12 Democratic Primary said gun violence survivor Giovanna Rodriguez at a ceremony held by the Moms Demand Action Rhode Island in South Providence Friday afternoon. Everytown is “a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.
Gov. Cuomo gets endorsement of nation's largest gun control group
Everytown for Gun Safety endorsed Cuomo during a campaign event on Long Island. He was also endorsed by the father of a Parkland student killed in February. Fred Guttenberg, who attempted to shake the hand of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, this week said reducing gun violence should be on everyone’s minds when they go to vote in coming weeks. “This vote this year is everything on this issue,” Guttenberg said at the rally. “Everytown is proud to endorse Governor Cuomo, who doesn’t just talk big about gun safety—he delivers big results in the form of life-saving gun laws,” John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said. “Thanks to his leadership, New York is on the frontlines of the charge to keep firearms away from people with dangerous histories.
Julianne Moore describes how her young daughter found out about Sandy Hook, and it's so sad
The failure to stop Liv from hearing the news changed Moore's perspective entirely, sparking her involvement with Everytown for Gun Safety, where she calls for an end to gun violence through activism as a founding chairperson of their creative council. "Basically I felt like I wasn’t being a responsible citizen or a responsible parent if I wasn’t doing something about the issue of gun violence in the United States. So I gathered all these people in the entertainment industry who were kind of willing to speak out against gun violence," she said. "It’s interesting because my daughter and I went down to the Mom’s Demand conference this July, and there were 1,200 people there. The very first conference I think five years ago, there were 60 people. Last year there were 500. So it’s a movement that’s growing in size and in influence, and that’s very exciting."
School discipline is racist enough for black students like me. Arming teachers will make it worse.
Across the country, Students Demand Action volunteers like me are calling Congress and demanding a stop to downloadable guns and arming our teachers. Both of these proposals will make school more dangerous — particularly for students of color. Congress must act to stop these proposals that put our lives at risk. If they won’t stand up for our safety, we’ll stand up to vote them out in November.
If we want gun safety in America, Brett Kavanaugh will not help us
If Judge Kavanaugh becomes a Supreme Court Justice, his approach to the Second Amendment could also call into question a number of other important gun safety measures of relatively recent vintage, including red flag laws, which empower family members and law enforcement to seek a court order temporarily restricting access to guns when a person poses a danger to self or others, domestic violence restraining order laws that disarm domestic abusers and prohibit them from owning firearms, and even laws requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales.
Levi Strauss CEO sets up fund to help groups working to lessen U.S. gun violence
Bergh in his letter announced the company’s establishment of the Safer Tomorrow Fund, which intends to funnel grants totaling more than $1 million over the next four years to nonprofits working to end gun violence in the country. Bergh said the company also would double all donations made by its employees to the Safer Tomorrow Fund. And Strauss & Co. will be working with Everytown for Gun Safety, which former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg set up in 2014 to, according to its mission statement, help build “a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.
Levi Strauss CEO: Why business leaders need to take a stand on gun violence
Second, I’m proud to announce that Levi Strauss & Co. is partnering with Everytown for Gun Safety and executives including Michael Bloomberg to form Everytown Business Leaders for Gun Safety, a coalition of business leaders who believe, as we do, that business has a critical role to play in and a moral obligation to do something about the gun violence epidemic in this country. I encourage every CEO and business leader reading this to consider the impact we could make if we stood together alongside the broad coalition of concerned parents, youth, elders, veterans, and community and faith leaders who are committed to shaping a safer path forward.
I Survived Parkland And I Have An Urgent Message For Congress On 3D-Printed Guns
Others have to step up and do everything they can, too, in order to ensure children in our country are safe from gun violence. That’s why I was so horrified to learn that the Trump administration recently took steps to allow a private company to distribute blueprints online that anyone with a 3D printer can use to print their own untraceable guns.
Arming school staff is 'incredibly dangerous,' advocates tell school safety commission
No one from the public spoke directly in favor of arming educators. "Arming teachers is an incredibly dangerous policy and [the department] should drop any plans to allow schools to use taxpayer money to buy guns," said Adam Vincent, who spoke on behalf of Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots lobbying organization. Vincent recalled a friend who committed suicide using a handgun.
I survived a school shooting. Arming teachers is a dangerous idea.
If I had a gun, would I have left my terrified students? Never. Would I have been able to find, approach, and fire at the shooter and not someone else? What if a child got in the way? It’s completely unrealistic—ludicrous even—to think an educator with a gun would have been able to navigate all of this in such a short period of time and take down the gunman without interfering with law enforcement’s response, harming or killing other educators, or God forbid, children. Even trained, armed resource officers have rarely taken down shooters, and their only job is to protect.
Students Demand Action gives young people a platform to end gun violence
Two days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past February in Parkland, Florida, 16-year-old Julia Spoor knew she needed to speed up her plans to form a student-led gun violence prevention group under the umbrella of Everytown for Gun Safety. “After [the massacre] we kind of just snapped into action and Students Demand Action was founded two days later by me and two other gun violence prevention activists,” said Julia. Julia began working with Moms Demand Action in the movement to end gun violence in 2015. Her dad died by suicide with a gun when she was 8 which means her connection to the issue is very personal.
What gun safety? NRA using lawsuits to shoot down local gun-storage laws
In fact, activists have also been trying to get the relevant state law changed, collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would make safe storage requirements a statewide policy. The NRA successfully killed that effort as well, convincing a judge to throw out the proposed ballot initiative because the font on the petitions was too small. “Why would they be opposed to something that is common sense, when we know there’s a risk from unsafely stored firearms?" asked Laura Hitchcock, a volunteer with the North Seattle branch of Moms Demand Action, in an interview with Salon.
States aim to stop internet release of 3D-printed gun plans
More than a dozen members of the Washington Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America filled half the courtroom during the hearing wearing red T-shirts. They later said they agreed that the answer lies in Washington, D.C. “We do believe in the right to own a gun, but we also believe in this country our rights rest of a foundation of shared responsibility to keep all members of society safe,” group spokeswoman Sue Whitecomb said. “And we believe that is the job of Congress.
High school senior April Ma explains how “Students Demand Action” is working to end gun violence
I channeled my anger and frustration into action by founding my local Johnson County, Kansas, chapter of Students Demand Action, a national initiative created by teens and young adults who are ready to join the gun violence prevention movement and demand change. We knew that change wouldn’t come without responsible lawmakers, so we worked quickly to figure out how to make a difference before the midterm elections. Weeks after our founding, we hosted a town hall for the Third Congressional District of Kansas. We also began holding voter registration drives to make sure as many students as possible are registered.
Gun safety advocates set their sights on elected office
Shannon Watts, a mother of five in Indiana, started the Moms Demand Action Facebook page that grew into a movement the day after those 20 students and six educators were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012. The group partnered with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, co-founded by Bloomberg, under the umbrella of Everytown for Gun Safety.
The Democratic party’s new litmus test: gun control
Mr. Bloomberg’s groups have spent more than $200 million building an army of 5 million supporters and a crew of lobbyists in state capitols. Giffords, a gun-control organization named for former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords , who survived a 2011 shooting, has about 1.4 million supporters. “The truth is there was really no grass roots on the gun-safety side,” Everytown President John Feinblatt says. “The NRA put out an emergency alert, and the switchboards on Capitol Hill and state capitols lit up like the Fourth of July. We didn’t have that kind of power.” Mr. Feinblatt borrowed a strategy from the same-sex-marriage movement, which focused on winning state and local victories before moving on Washington. In 2014, Everytown spent $400,000 on Democrats in Oregon state senate races. Oregon was the only state in which Democrats gained statehouse seats during the 2014 GOP wave. The next year, Oregon enacted a law requiring background checks for all gun purchases.
How to raise an ‘army of angry moms and women’ from your own kitchen
By Watts’ count, in this past year’s state and local legislative sessions, volunteers with Moms Demand Action have helped kill 90 percent of NRA-backed bills and passed 1,000 bills of their own. Having the financial and organizational support from being brought into Mike Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety umbrella helps, but mostly, it’s the army of unpaid women on phone and email trees, piling into state capital hearing rooms in matching T-shirts.
Veterans gun reform group urges government to continue ban on 3-D printed guns
“A group of veterans who advise the largest gun control advocacy organization in the United States urged the State Department to halt its plans to allow downloadable designs for 3-D-printed guns to be published online. The Veterans Advisory Council for Everytown for Gun Safety described the printable, hard-to-trace guns as a threat to national security and public safety. In a letter, 15 veterans on the council called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to step in and block blueprints to manufacture the guns from being posted online, which is slated to start Wednesday.”
How to stop downloadable guns from becoming a dangerous reality
“MarieClaire.com reached out to Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action—the grassroots arm of Everytown, a non-profit dedicated to common-sense gun reform (one of the three organizations, along with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, that recently attempted to block the decision in a Texas court), to help educate the public about what they can do to stop downloadable, plastic guns from becoming our new normal.”
Lucy McBath: Moved to run for Congress by son’s fatal shooting, she just won her primary
“After her son’s death, McBath, a longtime Delta flight attendant, quit her job and shifted her focus to advocating for gun control, serving as a national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She appeared on major news networks, testified before Congress, starred in documentaries and spoke at numerous rallies. At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, she took the stage along with eight other mothers whose African American children had been killed by the police or by gun violence. She stood alongside President Barack Obama in 2016 when he announced executive actions on gun restrictions. But, it was only last year that McBath decided to run for public office.”
U.S. gun control groups seek to block distribution of 3-D gun blueprints
“The settlement could “enable terrorists, organized crime syndicates, felons [and] domestic abusers all to get quick, easy access to untraceable guns,” said Nick Suplina, managing director of law and policy for Everytown.”
Bereaved mom McBath pushes gun control as she bids to win Georgia seat for Democrats
“It was days after the Parkland school massacre and proposals to cut gun violence and make schools safer were back at the top of the agenda. That should have been music to the ears of McBath, who became a spokeswoman for gun law advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety after her own son was killed. Except for one thing. "I never believed him," said McBath.”
Lucy McBath lost her son to gun violence. Next came activism. Now she's running for Congress
“In 2012, Lucy McBath lost her son Jordan Davis when he was shot and killed in Florida. The shooter didn’t like the music Davis was playing from his car and was eventually convicted of first-degree murder. (Davis' story was the subject of the 2015 documentary 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets.) McBath has since become an activist, working with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She appeared onstage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention as part of Mothers of the Movement.”
10 years after Heller: Fiery gun rights rhetoric, but courts back Second Amendment limits
“The Supreme Court decided the landmark Second Amendment case District of Columbia v. Heller 10 years ago Tuesday, recognizing for the first time an individual right of “law-abiding, responsible citizens” to have a gun in the home for self-defense. But as students from Parkland to Chicago focus our attention on the scourge of gun violence, it’s important to remember what Heller also made clear: the constitutional right to keep and bear arms is not absolute.”
Kids speak up about school shootings
“Jack Castanoli, 16, a rising junior at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. He volunteers with Students Demand Action. I grew up and I always saw these shootings and it was just like it was so normalized. I got used to it. During the lockdown drills, it's almost treated as a joke. Almost. We've had these lockdown drills probably since elementary school. It's never happened to us. But there's always that little fear in the back of my mind that someday it'll happen to me. It hasn't really affected me physically. Yet. That's a big yet, because it can happen to any high school. Emotionally; yeah, it's taking a toll.”
Christian Siriano, Bonnie Young and Cynthia Rowley launch T-shirt collection to prevent gun violence
“To mark the fifth anniversary of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Christian Siriano, Bonnie Young and Cynthia Rowley have teamed up with Rebecca Cohen, a volunteer with the Oregon chapter of the organization, to produce T-shirts honoring the advocates who have taken on the gun lobby in their states, and who have empowered others to do the same. The collection entitled "Moms Demand Action's Five Year Commemorative Tees " — shop below — launches Wednesday on Everytown for Gun Safety's online store.”
Designers create t-shirts for gun safety
“Cynthia Rowley, Christian Siriano and Bonnie Young have designed T-shirts to mark Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s five-year anniversary. In addition, graphic designer Rebecca Cohen, a volunteer with the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action, has designed a T-shirt. The shirts are being launched by Everytown Fashion Council, part of the Everytown Creative Council.”
When Hate Comes Armed With a Gun: How Our Lax Gun Laws Continue to Fail Marginalized Groups
“In the five years since the founding of Moms Demand Action, we’ve made great strides to reduce gun violence. But more needs to be done. As it currently stands, more than 10,300 gun-related hate crimes occur in an average year in the U.S. — that’s more than 28 each a day. The vast majority of these crimes — 58 percent — are motivated by racism, with a quarter of all hate crimes targeting Black Americans.”
I'm fighting for my slain loved ones
“We must look inside our souls and ask ourselves: Can we stand by and let this continue to happen? Can we continue to allow our lawmakers to be complicit and offer only thoughts and prayers when we are being gunned down while praying, while dancing, in our homes or while walking the streets? Since Charleston, since Orlando, since Parkland, and since every other shooting in between that doesn’t make the headlines, many of our members of Congress have sat by and watched their constituents be killed and wounded by gun violence. Even worse, they’ve answered our nation’s gun violence crisis by introducing legislation that would weaken our gun laws instead of strengthening them to keep guns out of hateful hands. I for one won’t let that continue.”
Wave of ‘Red Flag’ gun laws shows power of the Parkland effect
“Gun safety advocates say the policies have emerged as a rare point of agreement between the parties as politicians face aggressive calls to respond to a string of bloody mass shootings and other gun violence. “Lawmakers are feeling pressure to do something,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, calling the laws a moderate step forward. “It is really difficult to argue with removing guns from someone who poses a danger to themselves or others.”
Anti-gun violence advocate Shannon Watts on how change will come by thinking small
““Congress is not where this work begins but where it ends,” Watts said during a panel discussion at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast on Friday at New York City’s Time Warner Center. “We are fighting in the states.” Watts said her organization, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, had “a 90 percent track record of killing NRA bills” at the state level but had also played an instrumental role in passing “good bills” across the country to restrict access to firearms. Watts cited laws across the country that closed background-check loopholes and disarmed domestic abusers.”
Everytown for Gun Safety claims a political win in New Jersey
“New Jersey just passed a "Red Flag" bill that will allow local authorities to temporarily confiscate guns from people who are considered to be a risk to society or themselves. Why it matters: Since the Parkland shooting, five states have now passed this legislation, including three with Republican governors, signaling a shift in how statehouses are viewing and acting on the issue of gun violence. Everytown for Gun Safety, a Michael Bloomberg-financed nonprofit that advocates for stronger gun safety laws, has been a major political force behind this movement.”
Youth in Power: the gun control activists changing America
“With the help of Everytown for Gun Safety and their partners, June 2, 2015 – what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday – became the First National Gun Violence Awareness Day. And America wore orange. The Wear Orange campaign was endorsed by President Barack Obama and was a stunning success. It’s hardly been three years and National Gun Violence Awareness Day – along with the colour orange – have been institutionalised by the movement.”
Why changing gun laws must be part of America’s conversation on suicide
“My dad’s death started me on the path toward moving from Texas to D.C. to work for Everytown for Gun Safety. I wanted to erase the feeling of helplessness that overwhelmed me after my dad’s gun suicide. It might be too late for my dad, but I knew that there was more I could do to empower families to speak up when they fear for a loved one’s life. It isn’t always possible to tell that a loved one might be at risk for suicide. Too often, depression is an invisible crisis. But when families are aware and worried, there are some common-sense steps states are already taking to save lives.”
NRA’s nutty Florida questionnaire suggests gun lobby’s power may be slipping
“Hammer also indicated the she, personally, had "a significant influence in the preparation of the questions and the questionnaire.” “This is just an attempt to suss which candidate's as extreme" as the NRA's agenda is, Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told Salon. “The NRA clearly has a litmus test very much in keeping with its agenda, which is to make absolutely no attempts to pass stronger guns laws and, in fact, to make sure that lawmakers who are beholden to them align with their agenda of guns for anyone, anywhere, anytime, no questions asked.”
The everyday toll of gun violence in America
“In Florida, shootings at Pulse and, later, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland resulted in a modest slate of new state gun laws signed in March by Gov. Rick Scott. These included raising the minimum age to buy a firearm to 21 and extending the waiting period to three days. The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit shortly after the bills were enacted. “There’s a way to acknowledge the severity of what happened at Pulse,” said Sarah Tofte, the research director at Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group. “There’s also a way to raise up the ways in which individuals experience that every day in this country.”
“What we heard yesterday only confirms what we already knew: The Trump administration is far more concerned with securing NRA support than addressing the root causes of gun violence — namely, our lax gun laws,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, one of the nation’s largest gun-control groups. Feinblatt was not at the Education Department meeting.”
#WearOrange to do something about America's gun crisis
“I’ve also found a way to channel my heartbreak into action. I use my voice to educate others about the dangers of easy access to firearms and the importance of properly securing firearms. If I can prevent one other life from being taken by gun violence, then something positive has come from my heartbreak. One of the more immediate ways you can support survivors of gun violence such as myself and promote gun safety is by participating in "Wear Orange" this weekend.”
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.