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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. 
 

Moms Blogging on Gun Safety

#5Actions of the Week: February 23, 2018

Posted February 23, 2018 by Karen Showalter

Did you know stories are one of our most powerful tools for changing hearts and minds? Stories are personal, they're real, and they really paint the picture of what's really happening on the ground. MomsRising has brought your stories around the importance of healthcare, early learning and food justice, and the heartbreak of gun violence, [...]

How to Talk to Kids of All Ages About Difficult Subjects

Posted February 23, 2018 by Caroline Knorr

One of the toughest jobs of parenting is talking to your kids about difficult subjects. It's hard enough to explain when Mr. Teddy Bear gets eaten by the washing machine. Or how their bike got stolen at school. It feels impossible to put into words the really big issues, such as violence, racism, drugs, and other [...]

I’m ready to follow young people to a better future

Posted February 21, 2018 by ruby

Parkland students like Emma Gonzales remind me so much of myself at their age. I was ready to change the world, and I knew exactly how to do it. I also rocked the same kind of natty friendship bracelets, and even shaved my head (well, part of it). Twenty-five years ago, I helped mobilize thousands [...]

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On the Parkland School Shooting and Emerging Student Activism Around Gun Safety Reforms

Posted February 20, 2018 by MomsRising

The Parkland School Shooting last week that claimed the lives of 17 students and educators is a national tragedy. Our country’s moms once again mourn that even more people – this time, more children – have been added to the ranks of those victimized by our country’s gun violence epidemic with this horrifying act of [...]

Posted Under: gun safety
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