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Inspiring Gun Safety

Fighting for common-sense solutions to reduce the terrible daily toll gun violence takes on American families and communities. 
 
Gun violence kills more than 30 people each day in our nation, according to the CDC. In homicides, suicides or accidents, guns take the lives of more than 2,500 children every year. Over the last decade, more American children have died from guns than the number of U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

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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[1] http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/protect-children-not-guns-2012.pdf

Moms Blogging on Gun Safety

Celebrating The Moms of Action This Mother's Day

Posted May 11, 2015 by Amie Newman

Reposted from Role Reboot where it originally appeared. When mothers get angry about the state of their neighborhoods, cities, nations or earth, they have always been on the front lines for change. Let’s celebrate them this Mother’s Day. I have a conflicted relationship with Mother’s Day. I have never been a fan of the prim flowers-and-candy style [...]

Instead of A Card

Posted May 7, 2015 by Diann Rust-Tierney

On May 10th we celebrate Mother’s Day. But there are mothers for whom the day will not be filled with celebration: mothers whose sons or daughters were murdered. No beribboned package, card or flowers will bestow the thing they want most-- their precious child restored to them again. I spoke with Dorothy Johnson-Speight  to learn [...]

A Dangerous Trend: North Carolina Considers Weaker Gun Laws

Posted May 4, 2015 by Anon

Growing evidence is proving what seems self-evident: Regulation of firearms saves lives. Stated another way, it’s becoming increasingly clear that looser gun regulations are associated with gun-related injuries and death. Unfortunately, some states--like my beloved state of North Carolina—are moving in a more dangerous direction each year. For the third year in a row, a [...]

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Gun safety shenanigans in the NC State House

Posted May 1, 2015 by Beth Messersmith

Why? Because North Carolina politicos think moms aren't paying attention Gun safety shenanigans in the NC State House North Carolinians agree that not everyone should be able to have a gun—not violent criminals, not domestic abusers, not the dangerously mentally ill. That’s why 90% of us want people to be screened through a background check before they [...]

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