Exactly one month ago today, Moms Demand Action launched a campaign asking Target to stop allowing open carry around our children and families. This morning, Target announced that it heard our concerns and will no longer allow firearms inside stores. This huge change made by one of our country’s largest and leading retailers is proof that when women and mothers collectively use our voices and votes, we will change the culture of gun violence in America.
Preventing Child Access to Guns
Children and unsecured guns are a lethal combination. Again and again, we are horrified by the story of another child killed or injured with a negligently stored gun. According to a newly released report by Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, at least 100 children were killed in unintentional shootings between December 2012 and December 2013—and the vast majority of these tragedies could have been prevented if the guns were stored responsibly. Moms Demand Action will be working on a variety of initiatives throughout the year to reduce the number of unintentional shootings and to keep our kids safe.
Get the facts on unintentional shootings and find out what you can do to spread the word about responsible storage.
Just hours after his son was murdered by a gunman in Isla Vista, California, Richard Martinez courageously stated: “When will we enough people say: Stop this madness? We don’t have to live like this. We should say to ourselves: Not One More!” As moms, we must stand with Mr. Martinez, and demand common-sense gun laws NOW. Take action today. Send a postcard and tweet your elected officials with the simple message: Not One More.
Chipotle Listened to Moms!
In less than 48 hours, Chipotle Mexican Grill responded to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s petition asking them to prohibit guns from their restaurants after gun extremists brought semi-automatic, loaded assault weapons into a Dallas-area restaurant. Thanks to you, our petition garnered more than 10,000 signatures in just a few hours! Chipotle said in a statement, “…we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”
Together, we’re changing America’s culture of gun violence one company, one law, one legislator at a time.
Mother’s Dream Quilt Project
Every mother dreams of a happy future for her children. Unfortunately, too many American mothers see that dream shattered by gun violence—which has become part of the very fabric of our country. Moms Demand Action has created The Mother’s Dream Quilt Project to symbolize the human toll of gun violence in America, and mothers’ shared dream of a country where all our children will be safe.