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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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Why This Latina Mamá Wants Commonsense Gun Reform

February 21, 2013
Para español, haga clic aquí . Last week on Valentine's Day, 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,, 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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