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It's working! Moms are being heard!

February 21, 2013
Great news! Moms' voices calling for common-sense gun violence prevention laws are working! Today, we're hearing that support among lawmakers for universal background checks for gun purchases is really gathering steam, with even the likes of Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Joe Manchin of West Virginia (both "A" rated by the NRA) at the negotiating table to work out a solution. Our singers from the World Children's Choir, in their beautiful turquoise chiffon dresses and tuxes, were stopped everywhere by people wondering why they were wandering the halls of Congress and requesting to take...
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Why This Latina Mamá Wants Commonsense Gun Reform

February 21, 2013
Para español, haga clic aquí . Last week on Valentine's Day, MomsRising.org held an event in a DC church that included MomsRising staff members -- I gave a speech in Spanish! -- a performance by the World Children's Choir, and speeches by victims of gun violence. A staff member of Gabby Giffords, who was shot twice in Tucson and survived, talked about what could have been of the 9-year-old killed during the shooting. A similar, moving speech was given by the mother whose daughter was shot a couple of times in Virginia Tech, and thankfully, survived. I had to will myself to hold back the tears...
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Una madre latina por la reforma de armas en EE.UU.

February 21, 2013
For English, click here . La semana pasada en el día de san valentín, la organización con quien yo trabajo, MomsRising.org, tuvo un evento en Washington contra la violencia de armas. Tuvimos presentaciones por el coro famoso "World Children's Choir" y de una colega de la diputada Gabby Giffords quien sufrió dos balazos y sobrevivió. También oimos de la mamá de una estudiante que sufrió dos tiros en el tiroteo de Virginia Tech, y gracias a Dios, sobrevivió. Me costó mucho en no llorar durante esas presentaciones. Yo di un discurso en español. Aquí está: Cuando escuché por primera vez las...
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A child's absence

February 19, 2013
Last Decemb er, as the Newtown story was unfolding, I called my husband to see if he had heard… and as he as answered the phone, I just started tearing up. I could barely get my words out. Even now, I sometimes find it difficult to talk about it. Was it because there were so many young children? That the shootings were so senseless and random? That I could far too easily picture my own children’s faces among the Sandy Hook first graders? Perhaps it was because all through the fall last year, I was dealing with sending my daughter off to college for the first time. She left a hole in our home...
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No More Missing Valentines

February 15, 2013
This Valentine's Day, as we celebrate our loved ones with chocolates, flowers, and sometimes even pink cards with massive glitter, I can't help but also think of the families who are missing people due to gun violence--and about the importance of making our communities safer for everyone. To be blunt: Our nation can't wait any longer for common-sense gun laws. More than once in the last 12 months, I've received a call that no parent ever wants to get from their school. A call saying that my children's school was in lock down because of a nearby threat. The first time was in May when there was...
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A single day won't be enough.

February 14, 2013
Chocolates, flowers, pink cards with massive glitter, and safe communities are on our minds this Valentine's Day. What? Safe communities? This Valentine's Day, as we think of our own loved ones, we can't help but also think of the families who are missing people due to gun violence--and about the importance of making our communities safer for everyone. To be blunt: Families can't wait any longer for common-sense gun laws, and that's why we're counting on you. We're almost halfway to our our goal of $20,000 to continue to bring forward the voices of real people for common-sense solutions to...
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Moms Ask Congress to “Have a Heart” On Valentine’s Day; Pass Common Sense Gun Laws

February 14, 2013
On a day usually associated with candy hearts, red roses and romance, America’s moms will call on Congress to “have a heart” and pass common sense gun laws. MomsRising, the online and on-the-ground grassroots organization with more than 1.1 million members, held a special event at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation with gun violence survivors and featuring a performance by the internationally renowned World Children’s Choir. I spoke as a mom and as Executive Director and Co-Founder of MomsRising, and I was joined onstage by Lori Haas, Virginia Organizer of the Coalition to Stop Gun...
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Moms' hearts break the loudest

February 4, 2013
When one mom I know turned on her TV and saw the breaking news about a gunman at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, she stood up and started shouting, “No!” and throwing pieces of laundry she had been folding at the TV screen. Another mom I know got straight into her car to bring her first-grader home from school to spend the rest of the afternoon huddling under the covers with him. As for me, I picked up the phone to share my shock over the horrific story with my husband, but when he answered, burst into tears before I could get a single word out. The fact is, on December 14,...
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Mental Health Care Must Trump Guns

January 30, 2013
The Newtown, Tucson and Virginia Tech “shooters” all chose guns over mental health care. So we debate gun control. But a true solution must involve a serious examination of our mental health system. Even if Adam Lanza, Jared Loughner and Seung-hui Cho had no access to guns, they still would have been seriously mentally unstable and dangerous. From the time of asylums, safety has been a primary purpose of psychiatric institutions. Treatment of mental illness was secondary, as antipsychotic and antidepressant medications were not invented until the 1950’s. Why is our psychiatric system now...

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