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...]

We Will Fight the NRA With Common Sense

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By Michael Bloomberg and Shannon Watts, via CNN A year ago on Thursday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill that would have helped fix our nation's gun laws by requiring background checks on all purchases of firearms. Ninety percent of all Americans -- and more than 80% of gun owners -- believe that all people should be subject to such checks. And even though the bill won majority support in the Senate -- more than 50 members -- it was not enough to break a filibuster. But in the year … [Read more...]

New Gun Violence Prevention Group ‘Everytown for Gun Safety’ Unites Mayors, Moms and Millions of Americans on New Paths to Victory

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Almost a year after a minority of the U.S. Senate blocked legislation to require comprehensive gun background checks despite near-unanimous public support, a new organization launching today will unite millions of Americans who will work together to end gun violence and counter the Washington gun lobby: Everytown for Gun Safety. At its center, the organization will house Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, … [Read more...]

April 16th Events

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A year ago, a minority in the Senate voted to block legislation that would have required background checks for all commercial gun sales and saved lives. But even though Congress has stalled, we've seen victories in states and cities all over the country, and our movement is stronger than ever. There's a lot left to do, and your participation in the movement is crucial to passing common-sense laws all over the country. On Wednesday, April 16th, we're joining with Mayors Against Illegal Guns … [Read more...]

Tennessee Moms Demand Action Chapter Applauds House Finance Subcommittee for Opposing Dangerous Gun Bills

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Tennessee Moms Thank House Finance Subcommittee for Rejecting Legislation that Would Have Repealed Permitting Requirements for Open Carry of Loaded Guns in Public and Revoked Local Authority To Pass Public Safety Policies The Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the following statement in response to the House Finance Subcommittee rejecting House Bills 2409 and 1407. Both pieces of legislation were activated last week after initially being placed behind … [Read more...]

Statement by Tennessee Moms Demand Action Chapter Urging General Assembly to Reject House Bills 2409 and 1407

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Tennessee Moms Oppose Bills That Would Repeal Permitting Requirements for the Open Carry of Loaded Handguns in Public and Revoke Local Authority To Pass Public Safety Policies The Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the following statement on House Bills 2409 and 1407. Both pieces of legislation were activated in the House Finance Committee last week after initially being placed behind the budget. The Senate has already passed its version of each bill. … [Read more...]

Mothers Quilt Against Gun Violence

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By Gal Tziperman Lotan, The Boston Globe About a dozen women brought old baby blankets, clothing, and scraps of fabric to a Jamaica Plain church hall on Saturday to create quilt squares for an organization that supports changing gun laws. The women, convened by the Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, stitched 17 pieces of fabric each into a pattern called “mother’s dream,” creating 8-inch squares with X-shapes in the middle. The organization was founded … [Read more...]

Statement on Shooting at Ft. Hood From Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the following statements in response to the shooting at Ft. Hood today in which four people were killed (including the shooter by his own hand) and 16 were injured. A fact sheet on the 2009 mass shooting at Ft. Hood is available here. "Our thoughts are with all those at Ft. Hood tonight as another tragedy unfolds among the heroes who have given their utmost for our country," said Mark Glaze, executive … [Read more...]

Washington Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action Applaud Step Forward for Common-Sense Gun Laws As Governor Signs Bill to Protect Women and Children from Domestic Abusers

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Legislators Unanimously Supported HB 1840 to Stop Domestic Abusers from Getting Guns While Under a Restraining Order; Governor Inslee Signed Bill Into Law Today Washington Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today applauded Governor Jay Inslee’s signing of HB 1840, bipartisan legislation that will stop domestic abusers from getting guns while under a restraining order. The bill was supported by domestic abuse survivors and advocacy organizations, law … [Read more...]

Mom Recalls Uncle’s Shooting and Killer’s Light Sentence: “As usual, the criminal had more rights than the victim.”

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By Tara Russo There was before and after. Before, at the age of 9, there were school activities, recreational sports and church. After, there was my uncle’s murder all over the local news. November 23, 1983, was the day before Thanksgiving and my parents were expecting a full house. My mom was busy in the kitchen and my dad and I were playing in the living room. When the phone rang, my dad picked it up jovially, but quickly his face went ashen and he turned away from us. Something was … [Read more...]