A few weeks ago, my significant other and I were watching the HBO series Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. One of the segments was on kids and guns. As you can see in the brief video below, a 13-year-old actor (being driven around by his mom, since he’s not old enough to drive) gets turned down [...]
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
It’s the New Year and we've got a new experiment we'd like to do with you (yes, you!). We've had a ton of requests recently to have a way for our members to gather together in-person, offline, in a regular way to talk about important current topics and hang out with other cool, secret superhero [...]
Take Action!President Obama just took Executive Action to shrink the loophole in background checks for gun sales today! And you helped this happen! You (yes, YOU!) signed letters to Congress, clicked on petitions, shared your experiences, visited elected leaders, shared links on social media, made calls and contributions, and so much more. Your actions added up [...]
Gun violence is a crisis in our country. That crisis has reached a fever pitch with almost as many mass shootings last year as there were days in the year. In fact, there have been more than 100,000 deaths as a result of gun violence in the last decade. This cannot go on. Mothers and [...]