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.
How one mom leads millions to take on the NRA
Shortly after [changing the name] we got a call from the White House saying, “Look, we’ve been waiting for moms to organize around this issue, we want you to help us push background checks through Congress,” she recalls. Although the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey Amendment was defeated by a vote of 54 to 46, Watts said it was the organizing going on behind the scenes that she believes helped Moms Demand Action to become a more powerful force for future legislation. “That’s not something one person can do by themselves,” she contends. “You have to have enough people with the same amount of passion and conviction to carve that time out of their schedule, whether they have a family or a job, too.
Modern Family' cast backs Parkland students, takes dig at NRA in new video
Everytown and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America praised the video. "We are grateful to have the cast of Modern Family join and support the students demanding change during this historic moment in the gun violence prevention movement," Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in a statement.
What you need to know about red flag gun laws
California put a similar law into place in 2014 after 22-year-old [gunman] killed six people in a shooting spree in Isla Vista, California. Rodger’s parents, concerned about his mental health, had tried to intervene twice—the first time just one month before the attack, they called his counselor after seeing his bizarre YouTube videos. His counselor alerted law enforcement. Then, before the killing spree, [gunman]’s mother called the police after he emailed his manifesto to his counselor declaring his intent to kill. But they were too late. “He didn’t have a criminal record, he wasn’t legally prohibited from owning guns, and the cops thought they just didn’t have any tools to intervene,” William Rosen, the deputy legal director for Everytown for Gun Safety, explains.
400 Moms take over colorado capitol building, press legislators on gun control
On Monday morning, around 400 mothers organized by the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gathered under the state capitol rotunda to support common-sense gun control policy. “We’re a group of moms whose primary concern is our children,” said Jen Clenahan, who has an eight-year-old daughter she calls the love of her life. That’s who she had in mind on Monday when she walked into the capitol ― like most of the members who have children, she imagined. “It matters to show up,” she said. “[Our legislators] need to see us.”
With an eye on November, students and well-funded groups are teaming up on gun regulation
“This is an issue that women in suburban areas especially care about,” said Angela Kuefler, a pollster for Global Strategy Group who advises Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. Entrenched political interests and student efforts are set to come together on March 24, when communities will hold marches to protest gun violence. Everytown for Gun Safety said Friday that it would provide $2.5 million in grants for these events. “There are going to be hundreds of marches around the country, including the march in D.C.,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown.”
Gun reform groups say they're seeing a surge in participation
Everytown for Gun Safety says it saw a 25 percent increase in membership in the two weeks following the Feb. 14 attack. That's in line with multiple surveys that say about two-thirds of the public support stricter gun laws and a CNN poll that found about the same proportion of respondents believe action can be taken to prevent future mass shootings. Those numbers represent huge jumps from just a few years ago. The founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots arm of Everytown, said the group saw 75,000 new volunteers and that she thinks "the Parkland shooting was the straw that broke the camel's back for most Americans to get off the sidelines."
Tipping point’: Americans organizing more than ever after Florida shooting
At least 20 corporations have changed their gun sales policies, by activists’ count, including most recently LL Bean, which announced on Friday that it would no longer sell guns or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21. “I think the Parkland shooting was the straw that broke the camel’s back for most Americans to get off the sidelines,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, the grassroots arm of Everytown for Gun Safety. “I think the regurgitation by politicians of ‘thoughts and prayers’, once again without any action, was just too much for most Americans to bear. And I think that’s why we’re seeing this movement.
After Parkland: Kids and moms take on the N.R.A.
Teen-age survivors of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, have already begun to change the terms of debate over gun safety. Adam Gopnik joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how grassroots movements—from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—force social and political change.
All about the orange anti-gun violence pins stars will wear to the 2018 Oscars
A stylist source confirms to PEOPLE that some Oscar attendees will be donning Wear Orange to Prevent Gun Violence pins from the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety in an effort to raise awareness about gun safety. This move comes just two weeks after 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were killed on Feb. 14 by a former student. The pins, which have just been re-stocked on Everytown’s website, cost $15 for a pack of three.
Rhode Island adopts 'red flag' gun policy; other states close
The executive order directs law enforcement agencies to consider all red flags, including recent threats of violence made in person, in videos and on social media. It also calls for a state public information campaign to raise awareness of red flags that indicate a person could be a violent threat. Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, called the executive order a major victory for Rhode Islanders and an encouraging sign for the nation. "This is the first executive action on red flags since Parkland, and our thousands of advocates in Rhode Island and around the country could not be more proud that this effort," Watts said.
Dozens of companies cut ties with the NRA
SHANNON WATTS: This is the first time we have seen companies publicly turn against the NRA in such a rapid amount of time and in such a huge amount of numbers. HELD: Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, has been among those turning up the Twitter heat on companies. She says going after their bottom line is a powerful tool.
State sets new policy to keep guns from people deemed threat
Supporters of red flag laws, or gun-violence restraining orders, say they can save lives by stopping some shootings and suicides. Gun-rights activists say they can unfairly take away rights from people who have not been convicted of crimes or professionally evaluated for mental illness. Rhode Island’s new policy also launches a public awareness campaign about warning signs of violence and creates a gun safety working group. Jennifer Boylan, from the Rhode Island chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, hopes other states will follow suit. “The country is watching,” she said. “Our children are watching.
The club no one wants to join.’ Mass shooting survivors find solace in on another
She reached out for support to the Everytown Survivor Network, survivors of gun violence and their loved ones run by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. They connected her to Pat Maisch, who survived a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson. She drove two hours to accompany Teves to the town hall.
Moms are running for office to fight gun violence
The group, which is the grassroots arm of Everytown For Gun Safety, funnels its volunteers into campaigns on the premise that political problem-solving requires many of the same skills as community organizing. "They get training just by being a volunteer — everything from fundraising to canvassing to messaging to doing interviews — you're naturally creating this network around you because you have like-minded volunteers," Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, told Refinery29. "It's really encouraged women to get off the sidelines on a variety of issues. It's going to energize the electorate and keep the focus on gun safety. And I think it will eventually flip Congress and our state houses, so it'll be easier to pass good bills."
Gun safety groups want Apple TV and Amazon Fire to pull NRATV
In letters on Friday, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and Everytown for Gun Safety called on the companies to cut ties with NRATV because it "promotes dangerous conspiracy theories, racially charged rhetoric, and violent demonization of the NRA's political opponents.” They also called on DirecTV to remove an NRA-produced show from its platforms. "American businesses have the responsibility to make ethical decisions about the content they will provide on their platforms," Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts wrote.
Dana Loesch is lying about the NRA’s stance on “red flag” laws
Experts and advocates on the gun issue are crying foul. “To the extent that you’re talking about this pivot or bluster or whatever we’re seeing from the NRA and Dana Loesch about using the term ‘red flag,’ I just want to be clear that they’ve opposed this sort of measure," William Rosen, the deputy legal director of Everytown for Gun Safety, told Salon the morning after Loesch's CNN performance.
Is this nationwide network of students organized enough to take on the gun lobby?
Everytown for Gun Safety officially launched a national Students Demand Action group for high school and college activists, which had scheduled an introduction call Wednesday night, according to Maxwell. Maxwell said students have shown themselves more than capable of being leaders of this movement, and Everytown feels it can use its well-established grassroots experience to guide them on the best ways to enact changes in public policy. The new activists also have some more experienced hands to draw advice from. Roni Weissman, a 16-year-old junior at Berkeley High School in California, is one teenager who has been working for increased gun regulation for a while. She co-founded her local chapter of Students Demand Action with Everytown’s help in August 2016, and since then has published an informational on shootings in her school paper and is working with the Berkeley mayor and city council to draft an ordinance to mandate safer storage of guns. She also successfully lobbied the mayor to join a Mayors Against Illegal Guns group.
2-page ad in The New York Times calls out NRA-backed members of Congress
Two gun control groups, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have taken out a two-page ad in today’s The New York Times listing members of Congress who have accepted donations from the National Rifle Association. Following last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the groups created an action plan, #ThrowThemOut. The ad, which cost $230,000 and was created by the groups with help from strategic communications firm SKDK, is part of that plan.
Parkland shooting brings back painful memories of Columbine and shows states must act on gun laws
Unfortunately, Florida does not have a Red Flag Law — a policy adopted by five states that empowers family members and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily restrict a person's access to guns when they pose a danger to self or others. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, research shows that in at least 42% of mass shootings from 2009 to 2016, there is documentation the shooter exhibited warning signs before the shooting. America's gun homicide rate is 25 times the rate of any other developed nation. But 96 Americans dying of gun violence every day isn't enough to make Congress act. I urge the 45 other state legislatures to pass Red Flag Laws and help prevent another family from living out my nightmare.
For parents of shooting victims, a support network that keeps growing
Ms. Yuille’s mother died three days before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 26 people were killed, 20 of them first graders. The gun-control debate was suddenly everywhere, and Ms. Yuille, encouraged by a friend, began to speak up. She testified in support of background-check legislation in Oregon and got involved with the Everytown Survivor Network. Ms. Yuille now works for Americans for Responsible Solutions, an advocacy group founded by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot outside an Arizona supermarket in 2011, and her husband, the retired astronaut, Capt. Mark E. Kelly. At an Everytown training event in the spring of 2015, Ms. Yuille met Erica Lafferty, the daughter of one of the Newtown victims, Dawn Hochsprung, Sandy Hook’s principal. They were around the same age; their mothers had died three days apart. The connection was instantaneous.
'Throw them out': plans to eject politicians 'beholden to the gun lobby'
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, together with Everytown for Gun Safety, launched a campaign on Friday which it says will “empower voters to find out where candidates stand on gun safety”. “Throw them out” will target members of Congress who are “beholden to the gun lobby”, Moms Demand Action said. They’ve set up five steps people can follow to pressure lawmakers, including how to get politicians on the record as committing to stricter gun control and a tool to encourage friends to vote. The campaign uses a Washington Post interactive to help people track donations by the National Rifle Association. It means voters can understand which of their representatives have received money from the lobbying organization.
Gun safety groups aim to oust pro-NRA lawmakers
Groups advocating stricter gun laws are organizing Americans who want to channel anger into action after the deadly Florida school shooting. Everytown for Gun Safety says it has received $800,000 in unsolicited donations since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It calls it a precursor for midterm elections in 2018, which it hopes will turn the tide in gun politics. John Feinblatt, president of the Everytown group, says "it's time to elect leaders who will finally act to save lives from gun violence."
Five states allow guns to be seized before someone can commit violence
The nation’s patchwork of federal and state gun laws mainly involves background checks and actions to prevent people who pose a threat from buying firearms. The approach of the red flag laws is to seize guns from people who have them and to restrict their access until they are no longer deemed dangerous. “We think of this as a new frontier,” said Jonas Oransky, deputy legal director of Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group founded in 2014. “We don’t have a perfect system in this country, and we can’t stop every act of gun violence. This is a way for states to take some care and be somewhat nimble when there is a dangerous case.
My mom was killed at Sandy Hook—And now I have to watch another school shooting unfold'
That picked up a lot of attention, and in some whirlwind of events, I ended up in D.C. and met with the amazing founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group that supports stricter gun laws. I started volunteering for them in February 2013, was hired in October 2013, and I’ve been with them ever since. Now I know that the single most important thing the average American can do is show up at the ballot box and pay attention to who your elected leaders are. Figure out where they stand on gun issues, and if they support common-sense gun laws, make sure they get reelected. If they don’t, vote them out. If there’s not someone who does, run for office yourself.
As long as guns are readily available, they will be used to kill innocent people
This is a time for more than thoughts and prayers—this is a time for action. We are not helpless, and we do not have to live and die this way. We must demand our lawmakers do more to end this gun violence crisis. If elected officials won’t act, we will throw them out of office. We will turn out to vote and throw out lawmakers who refuse to put the safety of our families first. We’ll keep marching, keep organizing, and keep running for office. We all need to be a part of the solution, and together, we can reduce gun violence and keep our communities safe.
Heartbreak isn't enough. Shootings will continue until laws are changed
Today is the day for all of us to get off the sidelines. Today is the day to act in honor of every American wounded or killed by gun violence at school or college. That’s why Everytown and Moms Demand Action volunteers are committed to demand better of lawmakers. We deserve to live in a country in which students and teachers feel safe in their classrooms, where no child lives under the threat of gun violence in their schools. Every parent in America deserves to know that their kids will make it home for dinner. And, most importantly, we deserve to have lawmakers who understand that prioritizing public safety is not a political issue – it is a matter of common sense.
What it’s like being a teacher during a school shooting
There were a lot of very frightened children and very frightened adults. We made it through the rest of the year with a lot of pain, agony, mourning. As educators you always want to find out why something happened. It was a steep learning curve to understand the complexity of the laws in our country that are so biased against what is good for the people and instead protect organizations like the NRA. To us this is about people making a choice to kill children and we are not doing anything about it … How is that possible in our country? We survivors all touch base when this happens, sometimes it’s just texting a green heart, sometimes it’s just a sad face but we always check in with each other because it opens the wounds every single time.
Everytown launches post-Florida action plan
Looking to seize on activist outrage in the wake of the Florida school shooting, Everytown for Gun Safety — the group backed by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg — is launching a “five-action plan” to energize supporters ahead of the midterms. The plan is the beginning of what is expected to be a major injection of money and action into the 2018 campaign cycle, targeting officials in Congress in state capitals who don’t back gun regulations. “It’s time to throw them out,” said Everytown President John Feinblatt. A sign of the interest in the cause: Without soliciting any donations, Everytown saw online donations of $750,000 in 24 hours after the latest shooting.
'Hold our lawmakers responsible': Actress and mom Julianne Moore's heartfelt plea after Florida shooting
I joined Everytown for Gun Safety and formed a group of actors and artists who would be willing to speak publicly about gun violence and take action with their legislatures. More than five years later, my now teenage daughter has taken action herself and formed a gun violence prevention club at her school, modeled on Everytown and Moms Demand Action. So whose fault is this? Who do we hold responsible? Who do we persuade to stop this? I am done cajoling, persuading and attempting to convince our lawmakers to change policy. Find out where your representation stands on these issues, ask them how they voted.
I survived a school shooting only to have Congress fail me and other victims
We often find ourselves asking, “what could I have done?” The shooter in Parkland had a history of threatening students and had made disturbing posts on social media. Months ago, it’s reported that his mother called the police with concerns about his actions. It’s too late to know if this would have prevented Wednesday’s shooting, but we need to think about the next community that is surely to be devastated. The truth is, there is so much we could do. The real question is: Will we do it? Is the body count high enough to implore our elected leaders to take action?
Cities and states take the lead on banning bump stocks
Massachusetts, which has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, enacted its ban a month after the Las Vegas shooting, pushed through a Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed into law by a Republican lieutenant governor. New Jersey followed suit last month with a measure signed into law by outgoing Republican Gov. Chris Christie. About a dozen other states are considering similar bills. “This is a very familiar story. The Congress cowers in the face of the NRA, and the states act,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for tougher gun laws. Connecticut, home to some of the world’s most legendary gun makers, is among the other states considering bans.
Activists are making some headway in banning domestic abusers from buying guns
Salon reports that activists focusing on the connection between domestic abuse and acts of gun violence have become a focal point of legislative change, with surprising results. According to WBALTV, a rally held on Tuesday in Annapolis, Maryland, actually won some Second Amendment Rights activists to the other side. The rally was hosted by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, an organization that considers itself “pro-gun safety.” The testimony from women who had been subjected to domestic abuse, explaining how their partners having guns became a part of that violence, moved the hearts and minds of the NRA advocates present. Moms Demand Action was founded by Shannon Watts, who seems to think that asking if Americans are “numb” to gun violence is a way of diminishing the work of organizations like hers. She told Salon that after seeing success with bills that “disarm domestic abusers” in 25 states and Washington, DC, “we’re getting ready to do it in Maryland, maybe Pennsylvania.
Hope on guns? States are starting to take them away from abusers
A minor miracle happened on Tuesday in Annapolis, Maryland. About 200 activists with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense were rallying in the state capital to support the passage of a restriction on gun ownership, and they were met with resistance by counter-protesters from the NRA. At first, things were tense between the two groups, but, in a surprising twist for our hyper-partisan times, the NRA protesters, upon learning what the bill is about — taking guns away from people convicted of domestic abuse — decided to switch sides, throwing their support behind the bill instead. It was a small sign of something that gun safety advocates have been saying for years: Changing gun laws is not as impossible as many believe.
Mothers are fighting for gun policy reform
Two teenagers were killed when a student opened fire at a high school in Benton, Kentucky, on Tuesday. Just three weeks into 2018, the incident marked the 11th school shooting of the year. “The reality is, 90 percent of Americans support stronger, common sense gun laws,” said Shannon Watts, founder of advocacy group Moms Demand Action. “We’re in a situation where we don’t have to convince America. We have to convince lawmakers to do the right thing.
In the wake of the Kentucky school shooting, a look at how kids get guns
Connie Courtney, of Crestwood, Kentucky, is a volunteer with the Kentucky chapter of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which advocates for secure storage of guns and background checks on gun purchases. She says she finds a lot of common ground with gun owners around the state, including some who are members of her group. “Our group does support the Second Amendment,” Courtney said. “I think most people support the same issues we support. It just seems to break down with our leaders in Frankfort and D.C.” Missy Jenkins-Smith, of Murray, Kentucky, is another member of Moms Demand Action. She is also a survivor of a school shooting, which killed three students and left her paralyzed from the chest down.
Another school shooting: Are we numb to it?
Gun safety and school safety advocates say the shock factor has disappeared amid years of school shootings, making them feel like common, everyday events. “It is a story that feels probably like the movie ‘Groundhog Day,’” said Shannon Watts, who founded Moms Demand Action after watching the shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults. “It almost is like some kind of bar has been set (since Newtown), and if school shootings don’t reach that bar, then maybe they’re not newsworthy, which is in itself wrong,” Watts later added. “We have to care every time a gun goes off on school grounds, no matter what the reason is ... because we are the only developed nation where this happened.
After my mom survived Sandy Hook, I lost the luxury of ignoring gun violence
As the details of the shooting in Kentucky were unfolding, I was struck by how Marshall County school board chairman Randy Travis responded to the news. He said, “In a small town like this you don’t think anything like this would ever happen here … but it did.” I’ve heard these words before. I uttered these same words while I was processing our own community’s shooting. I, too, had mistakenly believed that tragedies like gun violence only happen when people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Children and educators are supposed to be safe in their schools. And on the morning of the shooting at Sandy Hook, those students and educators—and my mom—were all exactly where they were supposed to be. But I was forced to confront the harsh reality that gun violence can—and does—happen anytime, anywhere. Even an elementary school.
You know who’s doing their all to fight gun violence in America? Moms
These motivated parents lobbied lawmakers to keep guns out of schools in West Virginia, California, Kentucky, and North Dakota while also passing legislation to keep guns off college campuses in various states. And they’ve made it harder for criminals and domestic abusers to access firearms. Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook where 40 parents lost children in a mass shooting, moms across the country said “no more” and founded Moms Demand Action. The grassroots movement is part of the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the U.S. with four million supporters. It’s easy to feel powerless, but these moms remind us that we can fight back bit by bit, state by state — to create a safer America.
Clad in pink and vowing to vote, activists around the globe flood streets for another Women’s March
Saturday’s march made clear how a movement that began as a protest has evolved. A year of the Trump presidency, coupled with the galvanizing experience of the #MeToo moment, has made activists eager to leave a mark on the country’s political system. As a result, a key component of Saturday’s demonstrations was an effort to harness the enthusiasm behind the Women’s March and translate that into political sway at the polls this fall. “Last year it was about hope. This year it’s about strength,” said Diane Costello, 67, a retired teacher and member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a group that advocates for gun violence prevention, said as she marched through Manhattan.
Facing congressional inaction, states move to ban bump stocks
Groups such as Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety are increasingly focusing on states when it comes to gun-control measures. John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, said he believes gun-related issues such as bump stocks are less politically charged at the state level. But pro-gun groups steadfastly oppose such legislation and believe some of the new state laws might be challenged in court.
FBI investigates whether Russia banker used NRA to fund Trump campaign – report
A lawyer for Trump Jr said his client and Torshin spoke briefly when they were introduced during a meal at the NRA’s annual meeting. “It was all gun-related small talk,” the lawyer, Alan Futerfas, told McClatchy. Congressional investigators reportedly asked Trump Jr about that interaction at a hearing in December. On Thursday, Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group that opposes the NRA’s influence in American politics, called on the NRA to “come clean” about its connections to Russia.
There are black women not named Oprah running for office across the country
In the grief-filled years following her son’s death, McBath spoke out against gun violence and its impact on families, especially within black communities, eventually emerging as a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots anti-violence lobby. Her passionate testimony and advocacy work during Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential run prompted friends and colleagues to urge her to run for office. During our conversation, McBath said she repeatedly pushed aside notions of running for office, but admitted she became convinced to do so after Trump’s election and as she saw conservative political leaders begin to unwind some of the limited progress made by her fellow activists. In particular, McBath said she was personally incensed after Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed into law a grossly unpopular measure allowing college students to carry concealed weapons on campus, even though he had vetoed similar legislation in the past.
Gun safety is a women's issue — and these Congresswomen are fighting for it
Gun control is a women's issue. All you have to do is look at the numbers to see why: the latest report from the CDC shows that 54 percent of women killed in homicides were killed by a gun, and in 55 percent of the cases they were murdered by their former intimate partner. Advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety found that, when a woman's partner has a gun in a domestic violence situation, she is five times more likely to be shot and killed. This is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Democratic women have long been leading the way on gun control and championing legislation to address the issue. While Democratic women make up less than 17 percent of Congress, with 16 in the Senate and 62 in the House, they have the support of the majority of American women. A recent poll from Gallup shows 60 percent of American women believe we need stricter gun laws.”
Ohio lawmakers must stand their ground against lethal Stand Your Ground gun law
I've seen the devastating toll of gun violence firsthand, and no Ohioan should have to bear the same burden. This country needs stronger, not weaker, gun laws. We need policies that serve the American people, not the interests of the gun lobby. And we need legislators who will join us in standing up to Stand Your Ground.These are the reasons I went to the Ohio Statehouse on Dec. 6, along with gun violence prevention activists from the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. We went from office to office, speaking with Democratic and Republican legislators about the dangers that bills like Stand Your Ground would create. Our conversations left me hopeful that Ohio legislators will again reject the NRA leadership's agenda by standing up to Stand Your Ground.
Top gun rights priority prospects dim, even in GOP-controlled Washington
Some gun rights proponents say attaching the NICS fix to concealed carry gives its best chance of garnering the Democratic support it needs. But even with the fix attached, a number of Senate Democrats who supported concealed carry in 2013 say they wouldn’t vote for it again. They’ve seen mass shootings across the country since then, and want a more thoughtful approach. John Feinblatt, president of the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, called concealed carry reciprocity “the gun lobby's most dangerous idea,” adding that stopping its passage was the group’s “top priority."
How gun laws have changed in the 5 years since Sandy Hook
On Dec. 15, 2012, the day after 20 students and six educators were killed by a shooter in Newtown, Conn., Watts started a Facebook group that would eventually become Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “I have never been impacted by gun violence personally," Watts, who lives in Colorado, told ABC News. "I was just incredibly angry after the Sandy Hook shooting because I was seeing pundits on television saying the solution to the horrific tragedy there was arming teachers. And just as an American and as a mom, I knew that wasn’t right." Many, like Watts, thought the killing of children and teachers would be a turning point in the fight for gun control. But months later, two major pieces of legislation -- the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 and the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which would have required universal background checks for firearm sales -- both failed to pass the Senate.
McAuliffe's prohibition on guns at RVA's Lee monument is constitutional
While gun rights absolutists regularly claim that any restriction on the carrying of firearms violates the Second Amendment, that’s simply untrue. And a review of longstanding statutes and court decisions from across the country shows otherwise. Governor McAuliffe’s regulation is well within the confines of the Second Amendment in protecting Virginians from armed intimidation and violence at future public demonstrations. We applaud the governor’s stand for public safety. Other states and localities should follow his lead.
The GOP’s latest gun bill would be catastrophic for women fleeing abuse
Some states offer significantly more protections to victims of domestic abuse, dating violence and stalking than others. In 28 states, for example, individuals convicted of stalking are not allowed to carry in public. But, as Everytown for Gun Safety counsel Courtney Zale explained to HuffPost, under concealed carry reciprocity, a stalker in one of those states could obtain a permit from Florida, which does not prohibit stalkers and issues permits to non-residents through the mail. He could then use that permit to carry throughout the country.
Should educators be armed?
The nonprofit Moms Demand Action was formed right after the Sandy Hook shootings. Since then, they have joined forces with Everytown for Gun Safety. Jennifer Hoppe: I think the biggest misconception is the mind-set that a teacher could instantly move from a mind-set of teaching a classroom full of students to spring into action like a sharpshooter, in a very chaotic and crisis situation.
Congressional Republicans are trying to sneak a “gift” to the NRA into a gun safety bill
Lucy McBath — faith and outreach leader for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, and the mother of unarmed black teenager Jordan Davis, who was fatally shot in a car at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, by a white man after playing loud music in 2012 — spoke out against the bill in the conference call with reporters. “I don’t want anyone to ever experience the pain that I have,” she said. “I lived through what happens when the wrong person is carrying a gun. The risk to our children and our community is far too high if we weaken these standards.’
To fight anti-trans violence, it's time for sensible gun laws
So far this year, at least 24 transgender individuals have been killed, most of them by a gun. And we cannot forget that most of these victims were trans women of color, the majority of them being black. Last year, a list compiled by The Advocate showed that more than half of the 27 homicides of transgender Americans were by gunfire. This all has happened while the gun lobby has pushed a reckless agenda of guns everywhere, for anyone, at any time – no questions asked. Some gun lobby-backed members of Congress have pushed for legislation that would gut state gun laws on who can carry hidden, loaded guns in public. Other lawmakers have pushed dangerous legislation that would roll back gun silencer safety laws and make it easy for anyone to buy a gun silencer without a background check. For too long, lawmakers have listened to the gun lobby rather than the American people. It’s time to remind them that they work for us.
Stories of loss, love and hope
Asked what she thinks accounts for Clinton’s loss, she says, “I still don’t know. I feel like I lost all faith in humanity after that one.” Lafferty, who now works for advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, says she is comforted by the people who have made the issue a priority, even without being personally impacted by it. “If they can get up and do it out of the kindness of their hearts, I better be able to do it for my mother,” she says. After the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last year, Lafferty could not function. She lay on her couch, watched the news coverage, and cried. But this year, after Las Vegas, she felt stronger, and immediately began to work to respond to the shooting, and to rally other people to call and email their elected officials and get involved in fighting for tougher gun laws.
Our mass shooting problem is a domestic violence problem, too: Immediate steps we can take to disarm abusers
Next, Congress can finish a job it started over 20 years ago. Back in 1994, it barred abusers under restraining orders from having guns. Soon after, it did the same for convicted abusers. But those prohibitions only apply if the abuser has been married to the victim, or if they cohabited or had a child together. This so-called “boyfriend loophole” remains in federal law to this day — despite the fact that, if you look at the data, as many women are killed by boyfriends as by spouses. Legislation already introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Mn.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), and Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) proposes closing the “boyfriend loophole” — and keeping guns from abusive dating partners and convicted stalkers nationwide.
Buildings across U.S. to light up orange for Las Vegas shooting victims
The color orange came to symbolize the push to end gun violence after a Chicago teenager, Hadiya Pendleton, was shot dead in her hometown a week after performing at Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. “In some ways, it is like a candle, and we use candles to honor people,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety. Some buildings are lit up in orange for a few nights each June to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day. But Mr. Feinblatt said he hoped that since the current campaign would last for a longer period of time, it would linger as a reminder of the human toll of gun violence while debates on gun control legislation, including a ban on bump stocks, proceed on federal and state levels.
Moms who became gun control activists are now running for office
The trend is a perhaps a sign of a changing conversation nationwide over gun safety, but is also clearly the result of the work of an increasingly powerful grassroots lobbying group, Moms Demand Action. The organization has encouraged its volunteers to not only petition lawmakers, but run themselves. Moms Demand Action was founded in 2012 after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 20 young children and six adults. Over just the past three years, it has grown from 4,500 active volunteers to nearly 70,000, with chapters in every state. "For nearly five years, Moms Demand Action volunteers have been working in statehouses to demand that more is done to prevent gun violence," the group's founder, Shannon Watts, told ABC News. "I couldn't be more proud of the volunteers who are now determined to run for their statehouses, school boards and city councils to ensure constituents’ voices are louder than gun lobbyists.
The NRA wants gun owners to carry everywhere. Here’s why they shouldn’t
Jonas Oransky, deputy legal director at Everytown for Gun Safety, said he has seen a significant loosening of concealed carry laws in recent years. Since 2014, eight states have repealed their permit requirements altogether, bringing the total number of states allowing people to carry without any permit whatsoever to 12. “Concealed carry reciprocity would be the worst possible outcome for concealed carry laws ― gutting state gun laws and forcing all states to live with the most dangerous systems,” he said. He called Boston University’s research one of two landmark studies this year on the issue, pointing also to a working paper published in June by John Donohue, a professor at Stanford Law School. It found states that adopted right-to-carry laws experienced a 13 to 15 percent increase in violent crime in the 10 years after enacting those laws.
Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, and more stars have a very specific plan for rejecting the N.R.A.
The Oscar winner said that when she spoke out about her anger on social media, she only received backlash from people who accused her of “threatening the second amendment.” Moore took her anger and passion and began to e-mail everyone she knew about what she regards as a “nonpartisan issue,” a “safety resolution.” In 2015, inspired by Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts, and by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moore created the Creative Council for Everytown for Gun Safety.
What happens to survivors of mass shootings like Las Vegas?
Mary Reed was shot three times during the shooting at a January 2011 event in Tucson for then Rep. Gabby Giffords. Reed tells Rolling Stone people have expressed to her, "I don't want to speak with her – she was only injured. I want to speak with someone who was really affected." Reed, who attended the event with her husband and two young children, was shot while shielding her daughter from gunfire. She now lives with a bullet lodged in a nerve bundle near her spine, causing intractable chronic pain. For her, every new mass shooting reminds her of how society focuses on killers and fatalities, but tends to forget those who live through such tragedies with injuries or disabilities.
Nevada must enforce its own background-check law, legal suit demands
Furthermore, the law has so far had the opposite effect of its intent. Before its passage, unauthorized sellers could seek out a background check but were not required to. Now, with no avenue to conduct them, all background checks on guns sold by unlicensed sellers have been halted. The suit says this has left “law-abiding citizens who want the assurance of a background check prior to selling a gun to another citizen without any mechanism to obtain one”. Elizabeth Becker, a volunteer with the Nevada chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, said: “Our governor and attorney general now face a clear choice: will they keep dragging their feet on enforcing the law voters passed last year, or will they start working with the FBI to implement it? “Last week was a terrifying wake-up call about why strong gun laws matter, and parents like me won’t sit idly by as our leaders refuse to their jobs. Our volunteers will be doing all we can to urge the governor and attorney general to take action to enforce the law Nevadans voted for."
What I learned from my mother’s suicide
My mother, like far too many others, was debilitated by depression. Depression made her think the world, my world, would be better off without her. At the young age of 27, with a 20-month-old child, she couldn’t have been more wrong. I wish someone would’ve stepped in and gotten her the help she so desperately needed — the kind of help I’m grateful to have myself. No matter how dark my own thoughts may get, I owe it to my kids, to my wife and to myself to struggle through every second of my own depression so I can emerge a stronger person. I will break the cycle. Now 18, my daughter is a first-year in college. I wish her grandmother had been around to help move her into the dorms, and to have those intimate conversations about life’s difficulties that bond grandchild to grandparent. But as my daughter goes through the ups and downs of college, a daunting and exhilarating experience, I’m grateful she’ll always know her dad is just a phone call away.
Hundreds of gun violence survivors pen open letter urging elected officials for action
Hundreds of gun violence survivors have come together to pen an open letter to their government representatives following Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and left more than 500 injured. “We know firsthand that shootings devastated families and communities across our country every single day, and we will live with the effects of gun violence for the rest of our lives,” says the letter, which was signed by more than 370 survivors from 48 states. The letter was released by the Everytown Survivor Network in an effort to urge members of Congress and President Trump to “prioritize American lives over the NRA’s agenda,” according to an Everytown spokesperson.”
This change in law will save women's lives
“Since I founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America nearly five years ago, volunteers across the country have worked tirelessly to pass laws to help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. In that time, 25 states have passed these life-saving bills. In Rhode Island, Moms Demand Action volunteers spent three years meeting with lawmakers, testifying at hearings, and organizing their communities to support this legislation. And finally, despite strong opposition from the NRA, we won — Rhode Island families won. Rhode Island isn’t an anomaly. Just this year, eight states, including Rhode Island, have passed bills to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. The other states – Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Tennessee and Utah – are almost all states with Republican legislatures or governors. Lawmakers and their voters – the majority of whom are women – know protecting women from armed abusers isn’t partisan: it’s a matter of life and death.”
States move to restrict domestic abusers from carrying guns
But gun control advocates argue that federal laws are not strong enough and additional protections must be passed on the state level, in part because state laws are easier for local authorities to enforce. The biggest issue, they say, is that the federal statute doesn’t provide a mechanism for those convicted of abuse charges to turn in the guns they already own. It is, they argue, essentially on the honor system. “You’re prohibited from buying firearms, but you can go home and access the firearms you already have,” said Sarah Tofte, research director for Everytown for Gun Safety. The gun control group and its grassroots arm, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have worked on the legislation in Rhode Island and other states.
Everytown, gun control group, turns on spigot in Virginia elections with $1 million
The fund is donating $450,000 directly to gubernatorial contender Ralph Northam, and spending $250,000 on mailers on his behalf. It’s also giving $300,000 to Attorney General Mark Herring for his re-election bid, as he faces attack advertising from the National Rifle Association. “We are making this initial investment because Ralph Northam and Mark Herring have been forceful champions for gun violence prevention in Virginia, while their opponents subscribe to a dangerous ‘guns everywhere’ agenda,” Brynne Craig, a senior strategist for Everytown, said in a statement. Everytown, a New York-based advocacy group largely bankrolled by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has been a big spender in recent Virginia contests.
What the 2 deadliest mass shootings this year have in common
It is too soon to know whether the Plano shooting was preceded by warning signs, but in the Mississippi case, Godbolt had been accused of domestic violence in the past, and was previously subject to a restraining order. “American gun violence is inextricably linked to domestic violence: More than half of American women killed with guns are killed by their current or former partner,” said Sarah Tofte, director of research and implementation at Everytown. “Anyone who cares about domestic violence should care about disarming abusers."
Silent but deadly: Gun industry eyes a sneaky and dangerous new revenue stream
On Tuesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources will hear testimony about the innocuously titled “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” (or SHARE Act), introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan, a South Carolina Republican. Buried in the middle of a bunch of provisions regarding hunting and fishing on federal lands, however, is a provision that would roll back parts of an 80-year-old law — passed in response to the St. Valentine’s Day massacre of 1929 — that regulates the sale of firearm silencers. “Silencers distort the sound of a gun, and in the wrong hands, they put people’s safety at risk,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, explained to Salon.
Moms Demand Action, Everytown flex grassroots muscle to defeat the NRA’s dangerous agenda
Over the August congressional recess, Moms Demand Action volunteers and survivors of gun violence completed another phase of our full-force campaign against “Concealed Carry Reciprocity,” flexing our grassroots muscle and springing an army of volunteers into action in congressional districts all over the country. After collecting more than 400,000 signed postcards from constituents, urging Congress to reject the NRA’s dangerous agenda, volunteers held in-person meetings and events with more than 200 members of Congress or their staff – Republicans and Democrats alike – to talk about how “Concealed Carry Reciprocity” would make their communities less safe.
When hate comes armed with a gun
Since the death of my friend Clementa Pickney and eight others at Mother Emanuel, I have dedicated my time to volunteering with the Mississippi chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. I was shocked to learn that in most states, it is legal for people to openly-carry loaded, semi-automatic rifles in public. Most states don’t explicitly prohibit open carry, so, because the law is silent, open carry is legal. This is what we call the “open carry loophole.
NRA seeks to mainstream — and monetize — the alt-right’s paranoid, racist talking points
For years, the gun lobby quietly dog-whistled to white supremacists,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America, which is part of Everytown for Gun Safety. “But as gun sales plummet under this administration, they are now openly trafficking in paranoia and fear, and inciting violence in order to advance an increasingly radical ‘more guns for anyone, anywhere’ agenda to sell more guns.
Ban the open carry of firearms
They might try to rationalize their conduct as protected by the First and Second Amendments, but let’s not be fooled. Those who came to Charlottesville openly carrying firearms were neither conveying a nonviolent political message, nor engaged in self defense nor protecting hearth and home. Plain and simple, public terror is not protected under the Constitution. That has been the case though history. And now is the time to look to that history and prohibit open carry, before the next Charlottesville.
Charleston relative: Charlottesville a stark reminder of racism's cost
According to Everytown For Gun Safety, a nonpartisan organization devoted to reducing gun violence, more than 20 hate crimes involving a gun take place in our country every single day -- this amounts to more than 8,000 a year. And when we look at a state like Virginia, where the white supremacist rally was held, and which allows the open carry of firearms on its streets, we begin to see how guns coupled with racism, misogyny, sexism, homophobia or transphobia can be used to intimidate marginalized Americans.
The stroller brigade that's pushing around the NRA
Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. She's been an astute observer, and opponent, of the National Rifle Association, which recently released a new video in what might be called its culture-war series. This one features NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch issuing an attack on the New York Times. Addressing the paper directly, Loesch promises, gangland style, ‘We're coming for you.’ Watts is a former communications executive who, after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, launched a Facebook group seeking ways to reduce gun violence. Moms Demand Action, which is supported by Bloomberg L.P. founder Michael Bloomberg, evolved from that original group. It's becoming a potent force in gun politics throughout the U.S.
It's time to talk about gun violence, hate and protecting the transgender community
With all of these factors at play, we must discuss the violence currently threatening our trans brothers and sisters in the United States. Last year was the deadliest year on record for transgender individuals, with at least 27 killed – more than half of them with guns. The majority of the victims were Black trans women.
Introducing the Gun Law Navigator, a new way to study American gun laws
Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. Starting from our early days as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, we have set out to be a research hub for the movement, studying the unique US gun violence scourge — which kills 93 Americans on an average day and injures hundreds more — and how different solutions can help to make the country safer. We’ve worked to elevate important studies from leading experts, and we’ve conducted our own research on a range of topics, producing written reports about how weak gun laws are associated with illegal gun trafficking, with dangerous online gun sales, with increased ‘stand your ground’ gun homicide, and with failure to get necessary records into the background check system.
Amid bad weeks for the NRA, gun lobby misleads the public about dangerous bill
With the losses piling up, the gun lobby and its allies are getting desperate. Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action responded to the latest incendiary, fear-mongering ad from NRA leadership, which has drawn condemnation from groups and individuals across the political spectrum – including gun owners and non-gun owners, and a former CIA analyst, who said the ad ‘fuels American extremists.’ And as the gun lobby’s “guns for anyone, anywhere” agenda stalls in DC, one congressman is trying to jumpstart it with the argument that enacting “Concealed Carry Reciprocity” would be akin to the current system for recognizing driver’s licenses across state lines.
I’m the mother of a victim of gun violence, & there’s one question you need to ask before every playdate
Check out the Be SMART program, a campaign spearheaded by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The campaign is focused on what we can all do to protect vulnerable kids by storing guns locked, unloaded and separately from ammunition, and taking steps to make sure children never get unauthorized access to unsecured guns. The program includes information about how to ask our friends, family and other parents about guns in the home and how they are stored.
The NRA's silence on Philando Castile's death is shameful
In the death of Philando Castile, I find myself in an unusual position with the NRA leaders: We should be on the same side. Philando Castile was a law-abiding gun owner, and the gun lobby has never hesitated to gin up fury over even the perception of someone infringing on the rights of gun owners. It stands to reason that NRA leaders should put their sizable muscle into condemning the police shooting of a man precisely because he was legally carrying a weapon.
Children are dying because of America’s lax gun policies
It also underscores the importance of safely storing guns to prevent both unintentional and intentional shootings. The risk of suicide increases in homes where guns are kept unlocked and loaded, and a previous analysis of school shootings by Everytown for Gun Safety showed that more than half the perpetrators obtained guns from home. There are no laws at the federal level making it a crime to leave a firearm accessible to a child, and, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, just 14 states have laws that make adults criminally liable for negligently storing firearms when a child gains access. Massachusetts is the only state that generally requires all firearms be safely stored in a locked container or with a trigger lock when the owner is not carrying the gun.
In wake of Scalise shooting, gun control couldn’t be more urgent
Far too many Americans know what it’s like to be shot or have a loved one killed by gun violence, and we owe it to each other to come together, and finally do something about it. Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, an American hero and gun violence survivor herself, put it best when she said Wednesday that, “This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy.” This country, and our democracy, belongs to us all – and we owe it to each other to work together, to prevent more senseless gun violence.
How gun violence terrorizes the body and mind: A survivor from Steve Scalise's district relays her story
It has been almost 23 years since I was shot, and there are still days when the grief and trauma becomes overwhelming. I lost so much of my youth because of the actions of one hate-fueled person. No amount of therapy, prayer or goodwill will ever bring that back. This week’s shooting outside our nation’s capital reminds us that gun violence does not discriminate. It affects women, men and children from all socioeconomic backgrounds, political ideologies, religious creeds and sexual and gender identities. It does not care if you live in a “good” neighborhood or impoverished one, if you are from middle America or urban America. That is why we must all come together as a community and as a nation to support one another.
My son was killed at the Pulse Nightclub; these hate crimes need to end
Remembering our Jerry, as well as all those who were killed in Orlando, Charleston, and many other nameless, faceless attacks, we are joining Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for #DisarmHate week from June 12 to 18 — to honor those killed in hate-fueled gun violence tragedies and to demand that our leaders do more to prevent the hate crimes that occur in America every day.
I couldn't stay silent after Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed
Next year, I’ll graduate from college and my family will have the chance to watch me walk across the stage to get my diploma. Hadiya never had this privilege; she never even had the chance to graduate from high school – one rite of passage, along with countless others, that she should have experienced with her loving parents and brother as witnesses. Wear Orange isn’t about politics or choosing sides. It’s about making America safer for every single American. Together we have the power to take action to save lives, and what better way to start than by joining us on June 2 to #WearOrange?
It’s harder in New Mexico to get a driver’s license than a gun
I think that we have become somewhat desensitized to the problem of gun violence—that this is just a common thing that happens. It does not have to be this way. We do not need to accept this as a society. We can make a difference. We can make an impact. The good news is, we are working toward it and we’re not going to go away. We will get there eventually. I am proud and feel humbled and privileged to be a part of it. For me, it is speaking truth to power and turning my grief into action. I’m going to continue to stand my sacred ground on this. And until this bloodshed ends, I’m going to fight the numbness. For my mom and all the victims and survivors of gun violence, I am screaming. And that’s what I can do.
No one wants to join a club like this
No one wants to join a club like this. But when you are personally affected by the senseless gun violence in this country and you don’t want another mother, another parent, to have to go on this journey, joining Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America can help. It’s been good for me to share my voice, to speak out about the experiences and the pain that gun violence has inflicted on our family. Together we can stand and say not one more, not one more parent or one more child’s life taken by gun violence.
Gun safety org taps book professionals for new advocacy group
Taylor Maxwell, press secretary for Everytown, said that the Authors Council emerged “organically” after Everytown’s second #WearOrange Day, first held on June 2, 2015. (The date is tied to the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teenager killed by a random shooter less than two weeks after participating in President Obama’s 2013 inauguration festivities.) Approximately 50 authors participated in #WearOrange day on June 2, 2016, including Jodi Picoult, Caroline Leavitt, Julianna Baggott, Gayle Forman, Sarah McCoy, and Julie Klam. These authors subsequently requested to form a group similar to Everytown’s Creative Council, which is comprised of actors and others in the television/film industry and has been spearheaded by Julianne Moore since its launch two years ago.
The first thing I think about on Mother's Day:' 8 moms affected by gun violence share their hopes for real gun reform in America
Not a day goes by that I don't miss my son, but on Mother's Day, I bury my face in his old polos and try to remember the feel of the hugs I'll never again receive. I’ll try to turn that mournful sadness into resolve once again. Jordan died, but I am still his mom. And on Mother's Day — and every other day — I fight to end gun violence through my work with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. I was not able to save Jordan. But I can save other moms from going through a Mother’s Day without their children.
The color of protest
Wear Orange started in 2015, on what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday. Since its inception, Kim Kardashian, Mrs. Clinton, Stephen Curry, Amy Schumer and the Obamas have all lent their star power to the campaign. Last year, 225,000 people showed solidarity at the event through the color of their attire. Presumably they will do so again when Everytown follows up the dinner on Thursday with its annual Brooklyn Bridge march on June 2. Expect the streets to become a tangerine dream.
Moms Demand Action goes toe-to-toe with the NRA
That’s why Moms Demand Action volunteers and gun violence survivors will be in Atlanta this weekend, and will continue to show up in D.C. and in every statehouse and boardroom in the country until this crisis is addressed. We are the counterweight—and we won’t stop showing up and speaking out until our nation’s lawmakers put the safety of our families and communities above the profits of the gun lobby.
My son was shot in the Head by a stray bullet. This is why sensible gun laws matter.
Because this wasn’t the life my son ever deserved, I have become his voice, and not only his but the voice of so many others who have been silenced too soon. As a member of the Everytown Survivor Network, a local voice for gun violence prevention in Indianapolis, and most importantly, a mom, I advocate for common-sense gun legislation in the US.
Gun control groups ready for showdown with NRA: 'We'll spend what it takes
Everytown, which was founded after the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut which left 20 first graders dead, now claims nearly 4 million supporters, he said. Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a group that is part of Everytown, have been showing up at congressional town halls and asking questions about the coming reciprocity bill, Feinblatt said.“We’ve built a national network, particularly in key states where we think this is going to be a battleground, and we’re making our voices heard,” he said.
My father was killed at Virginia Tech. I’m still fighting the NRA’s dangerous agenda.
Gun-violence survivors and gun-safety advocates are no longer sitting on the sidelines. The gun lobby can’t push its dangerous agenda without opposition. I’m proud to work with my fellow advocates to fight such legislation. In the long run, we will win this fight for life and defeat the gun lobby. It will be a long fight, but if there’s one thing my father taught me, it’s that you fight for what is right. After all, fighting to prevent gun violence is the least we can do for our loved ones.
Guns in America: Group vows to defeat NRA-backed concealed carry effort
Through their new campaign, first reported by Politico Monday morning, Everytown and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America vow to activate their more than 3 million supporters in all 50 states to call and write to their elected officials, and to show up at town hall meetings to hold lawmakers accountable for their votes on gun legislation. They are calling on their supporters to invest financially in this campaign at least through the 2018 elections.
The fight for gun sense in America
Amy Ramaker is a chapter leader with the California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and became involved with the organization after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old [gunman] fatally shot 20 children. “I was devastated by the murders at Sandy Hook, and honestly felt numb thinking about the number and the ages of the children murdered,” Amy recalls. “Of course, it made me think of my own children. Then when the incident where four people were killed and eight injured in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara, I felt like I had to do something. I saw a flyer for a group fighting gun violence to be held at a local coffee shop. The group was called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
The Red Pom Hat on The Fearless Girl (and the Wall Street Bro)
The antidote is for women — who make up a majority of the voting electorate and make 80 percent of the financial decisions for our families — to stay vigilant, pay attention and work together. And we know it works: Moms Demand Action has more than 3 million supporters, a chapter in all 50 states and our favorite pastime is beating back gun lobby bills that would put more guns in more places, no questions asked. In 2017 alone, we have already seen success in Montana and Wyoming, of all places.
The Invisible Way Guns Are Used To Keep Women In Abusive Relationships
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, which is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, said Sorenson’s study provides even further evidence that gun violence and domestic violence doesn’t always look like someone being shot. “Injuries and homicides are just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “We may be missing many common ways that guns are being used to perpetuate abuse, whether it’s physical or mental.
Doctors can’t be barred from speaking to patients about guns
Luckily, physicians’ First Amendment rights don’t end at the clinic door, and at the urging of gun-violence prevention experts at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which filed to challenge the law, as well as Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which also joined in, the 11th Circuit court made this abundantly clear.
My mother is gone; others may be saved
On the anniversary this week, we’ve asked others to honor my mother through action. My husband and I spent Feb. 8 at the state Capitol in Santa Fe with members of the New Mexico chapter of Moms Demand Action and other fellow neighbors to call on legislators to pass Senate Bill 48/House Bill 50. The bill – introduced by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, and Sens. Richard Martinez, D-Española, and Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe – will address the glaring loophole in New Mexico state law that allows criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to obtain guns from unlicensed sellers with no background check, no questions asked. SB 48/HB 50 would close this deadly loophole by requiring a criminal background check for all gun sales.