Statement from Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising.org, on the U.S. Senate’s failure today to pass common sense gun safety reform measures: "It's easy to think about giving up in times like these. But we can't. The current situation is simply not okay. More than 20,000 children are injured or killed by guns each year, more [...]
Inspiring Gun Safety
The tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 refocused the public’s attention on the epidemic of American gun violence wreaking havoc on American families and communities across the country daily. MomsRising’s Gun Safety Campaign educates and engages our members and the general public about gun violence and helps build the political will to enact common-sense solutions to this terrible problem, including:
- Criminal background checks for all gun purchases, including at gun shows and on the Internet.
- A ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
- A federal anti-gun-trafficking statute with real penalties to crack down on straw purchases.
In April 2013, MomsRising helped bring about the first meaningful gun policy reform vote in the Senate in almost 30 years. Although this vote narrowly missed passage, we continue to lead the mom charge demanding action to reduce gun violence, especially the strengthening of background checks on all gun sales.
MomsRising amplifies the voices of moms and family members in the national debate on smart gun legislation, virtually through broadcast and personal media channels, and in real life through meetings and other face-to-face interactions with lawmakers, stakeholders and influencers. We bring mothers and family members directly to Capitol Hill, the White House, local district offices and even the NRA to share their experiences, thoughts and hopes about gun violence. MomsRising also holds accountable corporations that promote irresponsible gun culture, such as LivingSocial, which offers entertainment packages that combine alcohol with recreational shooting.
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Moms Blogging on Gun Safety
There are many facets to my identity, what makes me who I am: I am a retired Air Force officer, a wife to an active duty Air Force member, I’m a lesbian, an activist for equality and social justice, and an American patriot. But first, and foremost, I’m a mom, to a wonderful 4-year-old little [...]
#Filibuster or bust! On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy from Connecticut inspired the nation by filibustering in the Senate for 15 hours in an effort to move forward gun safety policy. News reports say there now will be forward progress with a U.S. Senate floor vote as early as Monday!!! But we have to [...]
By Pamela Deiter-Sands, Connecticut My son with the camera, always watching the world: he shows me things and tells me things that stop me in my tracks. He asked if I'd heard about the boy who texted his mother from the club in Orlando, "I love you mom." I started crying a little and said yes, I had. His [...]