The NRA Leadership’s Worst Nightmare Is America’s Moms

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By Dean Obeidallah, The Daily Beast At this weekend’s annual convention, there will be a lot of talking back and punishment threats, but who will eat soap remains to be seen. Can a group of passionate mothers defeat the nation’s largest pro-gun institution and persuade elected officials to enact laws that will reduce gun violence and save lives? It’s too early to tell, but this weekend the two groups will come face to face outside the NRA’s annual convention. On one side of this version … [Read more...]

Arizona Gun Violence Survivors, Mayors and Moms Demand Action Applaud Governor Brewer’s Veto of Dangerous Gun Bills

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Survivors, Mayors and Moms Urged Governor Brewer to Veto Dangerous Gun Bills: HB 2339, Bill That Would Force Local Governments to Allow Loaded, Hidden Guns in Public Buildings or Pay for Costly Security; and HB 2517, Bill that Would Make Public Officials Subject to Firing for Enacting Basic Public Safety Rules Arizona gun violence survivors, mayors and moms today applauded Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of HB 2339 and HB 2517, two dangerous gun bills that would have become law without her veto. … [Read more...]

Bloomberg’s Big Money Campaign For Gun Background Checks

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Via NPR/WBUR Boston The NRA makes American politicians fearful at election time if they’ve voted for any restraints on guns. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to make them quake if they don’t. Americans overwhelmingly want background checks for gun buyers, says Bloomberg. Now he’s partnering with like-minded moms who want fewer guns in the hands of killers. And he’s putting $50 million into a campaign this year to push that change. To try to counterweight the NRA. Will it … [Read more...]

Moms Standing up to NRA’s Resistance to Sensible Gun Laws

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By Shannon Watts, via The Indianapolis Star Next weekend, in Indianapolis, members of the National Rifle Association will gather for the organization’s annual convention. They’ll hear from NRA officials flown in from Washington and politicians from across the country. If past conventions are any indication, these leaders will again issue a series of talking points that actually run counter to the views of their members. Polls show, for instance, that 74 percent of NRA members and 82 … [Read more...]

10 Questions: The Gun Debate with Shannon Watts

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By David Gregory, NBC NEWS 1) What motivated you to get involved in the gun debate, especially in starting Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America? The day after 26 Americans were slaughtered in the sanctity of an elementary school, I was so outraged that I started a Facebook page where moms concerned about gun violence in our country could talk. In just weeks, our online discussion quickly turned into an offline movement. And the more moms that learned about our lax federal and state … [Read more...]

NRA, Watch Out: Meet Bloomberg’s Supermom Secret Weapon

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Via The Good Fight Listen here: For two long decades, gun safety reform was a nonstarter. And then came the Newtown massacre. Outrage swept the country. Politicians vowed to act. And in Zionsville, Indiana, a stay-at-home mother of five logged on to Facebook and created a page that would become the epicenter of a new movement of moms to demand action and save lives. That mom, Shannon Watts, was a political neophyte, but her communications expertise—honed in her past career as a PR … [Read more...]