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One Million Moms for Gun Control Leverages Social Media to Pressure Congress

"One Million Moms for Gun Control" Fairfield County Chapter puts pressure on Congress on opening day

 

The advocacy group One Million Moms for Gun Control is leveraging the collective power of mothers across the country through social media to demand action on gun control legislation the first day of the new 113th Congress on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

“We are asking all members of Congress – including the 90 new members being sworn in – to act by bringing gun control legislation to the floor for a vote without delay,” said Shannon Watts, Founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control. “After the tragic massacre in Newtown last month – the 16th mass shooting in 2012 – the loss of 20 innocent children and 6 brave adults can only be responded to with immediate action on common-sense gun control legislation.”

Specifically, One Million Moms for Gun Control is asking the new Congress to act on The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act being introduced by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.). The legislation would ban the high-capacity magazines that have been involved in many of the recent high-profile instances of mass gun violence.

In addition to the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban, One Million Moms for Gun Control is asking the White House and Congress, as well as state legislatures across the country, to put forth legislation immediately that would:

  • Close loopholes that encourage private gun sales without background checks at gun shows and on the Internet.
  • Set boundaries on the amount of ammunition a person can purchase.
  • Limit concealed weapons laws at the state level.

“It is time for Americans to acknowledge that the mass shooting in Connecticut wasn’t an isolated event, but the product of an epidemic of gun violence in our country,” said Kim Russell, National Director of Chapter Outreach for One Million Moms for Gun Control. “The 80 million mothers of America will not allow our law makers to continue to do nothing when these mass shootings occur.”

One Million Moms for Gun Control is launching a social media campaign on Thursday, Jan. 3, to demonstrate the momentum among mothers for new and strengthened gun control laws, as well as to support The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act.

As part of the campaign, mothers across the country will be asked to use sidewalk chalk write the slogan 'Moms Demand Action' and sign it with a heart and 1MM4GC, the acronym for One Million Moms for Gun Control, on sidewalks in front of their homes, train stations, schools and other public places.

In addition, moms are being asked to change their Facebook profile picture to the One Million Moms for Gun Control logo; invite 26 friends to join One Million Moms for Gun Control’s Facebook page in honor of the 26 Sandy Hook victims; and to Tweet using the hashtags #momsdemadaction, #momsforguncontrol and #1MM4GC.

One Million Moms for Gun Control is also enabling its members to demand stricter and new gun control legislation by emailing, Tweeting and mailing a petition to the White House, the National Rifle Association and their specific members of Congress through an advocacy campaign tool created by BlastRoots: www.blastroots.com/campaign/1-million-moms-for-gun-control.

Watts emphasized that One Million Moms for Gun Control is not against guns, but against the proliferation of military-type weapons that have been allowed into society with too little oversight.

“Mothers simply won’t stand for any delay or political antics that keep new laws from being introduced and voted on by the House and Senate. If these legislators fear the National Rifle Association, just wait until they’ve felt the pressure of millions of angry moms,” said Watts.

In less than one month, One Million Moms for Gun Control has tens of thousands of members and has established nearly 75 local chapters across the United States.

“The rapid growth of social media and the organizing power of the Internet will ensure our success,” said Watts. “We are committed long-term to encouraging action on gun control laws at the federal and state levels.”

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Paul Alexander January 07, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Here we go...Jimmy Pursey must have found his mommas latest batch of ICE...and a keyboard...
Jimmy Pursey January 07, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Great reply, Paul! This really adds a lot to the discussion.
Voice of Reason January 07, 2013 at 08:41 PM
@ Jimmy Pursey. Here is just one such site. Two reports yesterday, one the day before, two the day before that etc etc. Personally I know of a couple local instances of guns drawn in self defense which never made the paper, and no, not every police report is published. Fortunately for these instances shots were not fired. http://gunssavelives.net/
Jimmy Pursey January 07, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Thanks, VOR...I will check this out. And I agree that many things don't make it into the local news.
Paul Alexander January 07, 2013 at 08:54 PM
From 2007… "University Study Confirms Private Firearms Stop Crime 2.5 Million Times Each Year" “Gary Kleck, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in Tallahassee and author of "Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America" (Aldine de Gruyter, 1991), a book widely cited in the national gun-control debate. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Kleck revealed some preliminary results of the National Self- Defense Survey which he and his colleague Dr. Marc Gertz conducted in Spring, 1993. Though he stresses that the results of the survey are preliminary and subject to future revision, Kleck is satisfied that the survey's results confirm his analysis of previous surveys which show that American civilians commonly use their privately-owned firearms to defend themselves against criminal attacks, and that such defensive uses significantly outnumber the criminal uses of firearms in America.” Read the entire Inconvenient, Gun Grabber Ignoring Truth, here: http://rense.com/general76/univ.htm
Paul Alexander January 07, 2013 at 09:03 PM
My personal favorite of HUNDREDS I could cite here in FLA… http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1858239/posts 71 year old former Marine and NAVAL AVIATOR, with a concealed carry permit and a Colt Model 1911 .45ACP in the small of his back, blows away two 20-year old punks trying to rob a Subway sandwich shop, and him, at gun point, as he peacefully eats his dinner. I refuse to be a victim.
Paul Alexander January 07, 2013 at 09:04 PM
71 years old!!! In Connecticut that 71 year old would have been shot D-E-A-D. Another victim. Not a victin of the two punks, but a victim of the misguided do-gooders in Hartford
Jimmy Pursey January 07, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Lots of Florida and Texas incidents on that blog, VOR. Why do you suppose other more populated areas aren't represented?
Voice of Reason January 07, 2013 at 09:15 PM
@ Jimmy Pursey. I'm not sure why that may be the case. Maybe those instances are more apt to make it to the news more in those locales? As we both said, things happen here that don't become public. Could be with laws in some States such as Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground, they make it more desirable to make these cases public knowledge?
Jimmy Pursey January 07, 2013 at 09:20 PM
"...and that such defensive uses significantly outnumber the criminal uses of firearms in America" Wait, I thought Obama took away all these guns, Donny? Now your telling us that everything is working according to plan. Which is it, brah? One would have to be quite drunk to believe that MORE CRIMES ARE STOPPED BY GUNS THAN ARE COMMITTED WITH GUNS in present day America. That runs counter to your belief that we are living in end times, due to the Communist fluoride in our water supply.
Paul Alexander January 07, 2013 at 09:28 PM
I guarantee you that a number of the parents of those 20 children are privately wondering if their children would be alive today if someone on the staff at SHES was carrying a concealed weapon. You can be sure that same argument will be made by the plaintiffs in the eventual civil lawsuits. Principal Dawn Hochsprung RAN towards gunfire as I understand it...and it is RARE for any human being to run towards gunfire. She was amazing. But, you've got to wonder if the outcome would have been different if Principal Dawn Hochsprung had run towards the gunfire with a large caliber handgun and the training to employ it effectively.
Jimmy Pursey January 07, 2013 at 09:34 PM
VOR- Good point. To my mind both laws leave an awful lot of wiggle room. They seem a little too sloppy. For instance, what the "Castle Doctrine" seems to say is that if you want to shoot someone and get away with it...have them come to your house. I thank you for your civility.
Tom jones January 07, 2013 at 09:41 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/todd-canady-shoots-himself-buying-milk_n_1698566.html
Jimmy Pursey January 07, 2013 at 09:43 PM
"I guarantee you that a number of the parents of those 20 children are privately wondering if their children would be alive today if someone on the staff at SHES was carrying a concealed weapon." I can also guarantee that if any of them are unfortunate enough to actually read your comment they will undoubtedly think, "what an idiot!"
Jimmy Pursey January 07, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Yes, we've seen how effectively those seniors in Florida operate motor vehicles...I couldn't foresee any problems with more of them having guns.
Tom jones January 07, 2013 at 09:59 PM
I said "equate to" killing half the town,The fact is there HAVE BEEN over 426(as of now 500) gun deaths, it was a comparison. The town of Slaughter, was chosen for equivalent population and for the irony in its name
Tom jones January 07, 2013 at 10:09 PM
How come whenever someone MISUSES a firearm, they are easily dismissed as an idiot or stupid, Well, my point is their stupidity could very well have hurt or killed themselves and/or some other innocent bystander.Once again I stand by your right to carry a gun, and I believe you that you ARE responsible, but what do we do about the idiots who dont respect guns or carry guns with limited knowledge of how they work?
Paul Alexander January 07, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Maybe one day I'll be a so-phisticated, cosmopolitan, smarter than the rest of the world, progressive New England thinker just like Jimmy Pursey. Until then, I'll just cling to my guns and Bible, grits and collards and continue to drag my Florida cracker knuckles wherever I go. Roll Tide!
Paul Alexander January 07, 2013 at 10:13 PM
"...but what do we do about the idiots who dont respect guns or carry guns with limited knowledge of how they work?" We could cheer their leaving the gene pool???
Tom jones January 07, 2013 at 10:16 PM
We could cheer their leaving the gene pool??? Thats well and good, but once again what about the innocent people who at their hands
Tom jones January 07, 2013 at 10:35 PM
So than, do Morons, idiots, stupid people ,and mentally ill people have the right to own a gun and why? Or do we make provisions to an outdated amendment that would have dangerous people own guns??
Tom jones January 07, 2013 at 10:58 PM
520 and counting since december 14th http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2012/12/gun_death_tally_every_american_gun_death_since_newtown_sandy_hook_shooting.html
Tom jones January 07, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Here you go people some "facts" for both sides to chew onhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/14/nine-facts-about-guns-and-mass-shootings-in-the-united-states/
Tom jones January 08, 2013 at 12:31 AM
food for thought http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/armed-civilians-do-not-stop-mass-shootings
Tom jones January 08, 2013 at 12:40 AM
It's time to protect our children with the same fervor we protect our money, sports arenas, elected officials, and celebrities. I applaud you for wanting to protect our children, I'm guessing with the NRA plan of guards at our schools.Yet how is this gonna stop the next mass murderer from choosing a "softer" target area where there are no guards, a playground, McDonalds,etc.
Steven DeVaux January 08, 2013 at 01:21 AM
People deemed mornons, idiots, stupid people and the mentally ill were the first people the Nazi's rounded up shortly after they were elected and put in charge. Careful what you wish for. You just might get it here in Amerika now.
Tom jones January 08, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Nazi's rounded up Wow who said anything about rounding up anybody?That's not what i'm hoping for at all !! I stated we need to think about getting firearms and other weapons out of the hands of people who are unstable, and get them better mental health.http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/11/jared-loughner-mass-shootings-mental-illness
Tom jones January 08, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Nice, real mature! Never said I was afraid of guns, you are good at putting words in other's mouths,
Tom jones January 08, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Since I have witnessed not much compromise from either side and I have been called a "cupcake" because I am been accused of being so afraid of guns, I will posting no more, silly me for thinking this was a thread for working through a major issue, just remember to some extent the same data can be used by anti and pro gun advocates to come to vastly different conclusions. Then at the end of the day the 2 camps turn their backs and settle into the same old messaging with nothing accomplished.
Tom jones January 08, 2013 at 03:15 AM
It s 20 year old data - 1993

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