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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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** Visit and/or contribute to MomsRising’s blog carnival about gun violence, Sorrow, Anger, Action: A Gathering of Voices Against Gun Violence. Read and comment on voices ranging from the personal to the political about gun violence and it’s impact on families and the country. [LINK: ]
 
[1] http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/protect-children-not-guns-2012.pdf

Moms Blogging on Gun Safety

Alicia Keys launches #WeAreHere movement with MomsRising, 11 other organizations

Posted September 22, 2014 by Kristin

TERRIFIC BREAKING NEWS! Giant thank you to Alicia Keys for partnering with MomsRising.org & others in a big way for her ‪#‎WeAreHere‬ movement! Want more details about this exciting partnership & project? Check out this great article by Nick Kristof in The New York Times about the partnership here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-alicia-keys-asks-why-are-we-here.html ‪#‎WEmatter‬ ‪#‎WeVote‬ ‪#‎WeArePOWERFUL‬ #WeAreHere

Should firearms be presented as wholesome family fun?

Posted August 28, 2014 by Gloria Pan

The news a nine-year-old girl accidentally killed her firearms instructor with an Uzi submachine gun during a family vacation has shocked people across the country and the world. As absurd and irresponsible as it is, the gun industry aggressively markets firearms use as "wholesome family fun." Bullets and Burgers, the Nevada establishment where the deadly [...]

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Gun Owner?

Posted August 3, 2014 by Leigh Anne Treistman

“You are a gun owner?” gasped my then sophomore aged son.  “I am a gun owner,” I replied. No one in my neighborhood in The Woodlands, Texas  where I have resided for the last seventeen years would believe that a person like me, who has advocated for stronger laws to protect the over 30,000 people [...]

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A Love for Fathers Everywhere and Their Families – and a Plea

Posted June 15, 2014 by Susan Shaer

I had a father I worshiped. I think of him on Father’s Day and every day. One thing he did not like is this special day for special treats. Unlike for Mother’s Day where he honored the traditions of breakfast in bed, flowers, candy, perfume, I’ll-do-the-laundry (whoops, that’s my special day dream), etc., my dad [...]

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