STATEMENT OF KRISTIN ROWE-FINKBEINER, Executive Director of MomsRising, On the President’s Plan to Reduce Gun Violence
January 16, 2013
America’s Moms Applaud President’s Common Sense Plan to Keep Families Safe from Gun Violence
“America’s moms stand with the President in calling for a common sense approach to protect our families from gun violence. The President’s plan serves to increase the safety of our communities and our country, while preserving Second Amendment rights. Universal background checks, restrictions on military-style guns and high-caliber magazines, a crackdown on gun trafficking and federal funding for research into gun violence are all reasonable and much-needed responses to a problem that harms our children and our communities.
“MomsRising has been at the forefront of calling for common sense gun safety laws to put a stop to the senseless killings we have seen so many of in recent years, months and weeks. Just yesterday, we were among several groups delivering nearly 300,000 signatures on petitions to Wal-Mart to pull assault weapons from its shelves. In addition, more than 150,000 MomsRising members have signed on to an open letter to Congress calling for provisions to improve gun safety.
“On December 14, our hearts were broken when we heard of the terrifying and senseless shooting of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Today, we applauded when President Obama signed 23 executive orders and called on Congress to enact common sense legislation to end the gun violence that plagues our nation.
“At MomsRising, we have more than a million members, many of whom are also gun owners and members of the NRA, who are saying that the leadership of the NRA is promoting an irresponsible and irrational position on gun laws. For the last month, we have been hearing from people across the political spectrum that it's time for more logical thinking about our gun safety policies. Today, the President put forth just such logical thinking. Now it’s time for Congress to put aside political posturing, put the health and lives of their constituents first and foremost, and do their part to end gun violence.”