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Have Moms Forgotten About Newtown?

April 5, 2013
Just three short months after the tragic shooting deaths of 20 first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School... Just weeks after a Chicago infant was killed in cross fire... And just days after President Obama made an impassioned plea to the American people to “remember how we felt 100 days ago, and make sure that what we said at that time wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it”... I woke up to this front-page Washington Post headline: “Gun measures may be in jeopardy in Congress – Post-Newtown push falters.” (Online headline) What?! When I look at my kids and think about those...
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Zina's Story: How Weak Gun Laws Turn Domestic Abuse Into Murder

April 3, 2013
Women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than they are in any other developed nation. This violence is directly related to our weak gun laws.
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Speak louder Than Gun Fire

March 28, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, I met a woman named Louisa during a protest in front of the NRA’s national headquarters. As I walked beside her, waving my sign that said, “ Smart Gun Laws, Safe Families ,” I asked her, “Has anyone in your family ever been impacted by gun violence?” Literally stopping in her tracks, Louisa replied in astonishment, “Are you joking? Who on earth hasn’t been?” Her voice shaking, Louisa proceeded to tell me about her 18-year-old nephew, Ian, who fell asleep in a neighbor’s game room and ended up being shot by intruders. His death devastated their family, leading his father...
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Tears and Prayers at the NRA

March 19, 2013
I have thought a lot about what happened to/with me at the vigil at the NRA on March 14 —and how my story might help inform and move people. I’m offer here a little more detail for what I hope is a contribution to the issue of the price families pay for America’s approach to guns, which is oddly both cavalier and arrogant. I hope something good comes of my sharing my story. Tears and Prayers at the NRA On March 14, the third-month “anniversary” of Newtown, I went with the Reston-Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence and members of my members of my United Christian Parish Justice Taskforce for...
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NRA Has Fairfax Police Throw Out Moms

March 14, 2013
This just happened: The NRA had the police escort mothers, children, and families off the premises when we attempted to deliver over 100,000 messages from moms across the nation today. We were stunned. We hoped the NRA leadership would meet with us (or at least accept the messages) because moms across the country are concerned about gun safety, and so is the American public. Even the NRA's own membership supports some tightening of gun laws with 74% of NRA members supporting universal background checks. Our pledge to protect our children and our communities from gun violence...
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One million promises to end violence against women

March 13, 2013
We have struggled to end violence against women for as long as any of us can remember. But today — finally — I believe we stand at a global tipping point. As we all know, series of increasingly shocking — and increasingly visible — acts of violence from Delhi to Cairo and from Bredasdorp, 
South Africa to Steubenville, OH have drawn unprecedented attention and outrage worldwide. Journalists, activists, and other influencers have made clear that all such incidents are expressions of one shared global problem. Awareness and momentum, among both civil society and government leaders, have never...
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Support Zerlina Maxwell's Courageous Fight Against Rapists

March 12, 2013
Ms. Maxwell is also a law student, political commentator, and living with death threats. Last week, she suggested teaching men not to rape as an option to arming women with guns. For this, Maxwell received a threat to slit her throat. Rape remains an obstacle to female advancement. There were about 270,000 rapes or sexual assaults in 2010 compared with 556,000 in 1995, says the Justice Department. And, “1 in 5 women will be raped during their lifetime,” President Barack Obama recently noted. Ms. Maxwell suggested that men be taught not to rape while discussing gun control on a FOX channel...
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Invitation to NRA President David Keene

March 11, 2013
I sent this letter requesting a meeting with NRA President David Keene to talk about moms' concerns and to deliver MomsRising's petition for common-sense gun safety laws. To date, the NRA hasn’t responded. Details about delivery here : March 5, 2013 David Keene President National Rifle Association of America 11250 Waples Mill Rd Fairfax, VA 22030 CC: Kyle Weaver, NRA Executive Director REQUEST FOR MEETING: Would David Keene take delivery of MomsRising’s petition for common-sense gun laws? Dear Mr. Keene, Last December, when 20 first graders were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in...
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"My daughter's friend was shot last night"

March 6, 2013
"Heartbreaking. No child, no one, should have to die this way." "I'm crying. I can't even begin to imagine. I'm so so so sorry." "Crying too. I'm so sorry, so sorry. Whatever you need, space and quiet or conversation or anything, we're here." Last week, the close friend of one of our MomsRising team member's teenaged daughter was shot at a gas station while returning from a practice. She'd just been accepted to college. She didn't make it. The above are just a couple of the many email messages that went back and forth between us as we mourned her loss. Thirty people are murdered each day in...
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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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