Blog: One Million Moms for Gun Control

Every day in America, 8 children are killed by guns. There are 4 million NRA members and over 80 million moms. Who holds the power here?

Every day in America, 8 children are killed by guns.  There are 4 million NRA members in this country. There are over 80 million moms, not to mention dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers and friends.  Who holds the power here?

The above photo is of my little brother Christopher, who was shot at seven years old. He survived, but is forever damaged by the violence inflicted on him. As I wrote in my article, A Single Bullet, if we offer words of consolation to victims but do nothing to change this epidemic of gun violence, we are no better than the gunman.  That's why I'm proud to announce that I'm now a volunteer with ONE MILLION MOMS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. I've been watching the ONE MILLION MOMS movement closely, and have been very impressed with both their message and their actions. You can become a member with one click, and help them spread their message.

From the ONE MILLION MOMS website: 
One Million Moms for Gun Control supports the Obama administration’s proposal to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, as well as proposed universal background checks for all gun purchasers. We call on lawmakers to also consider regulating and tracking ammunition, as there is currently no system in place to do so.

One Million Moms for Gun Control will now apply pressure to members of Congress to move quickly to pass these measures. We call on House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the proposed bills to the floor for a vote in both houses of Congress, leaving partisanship aside in the interest of American families. This legislation must be passed – not debated or diluted. We will not allow special interests to obscure the issue: the safety of America’s children and families are our priority.

Shannon Watts, Founder, One Million Moms for Gun Control
See Shannon on MSNBC.

Today, (Saturday, January 19th) One Million Moms for Gun Control launches our new campaign "How Do You Wear Your Heart?" We want moms across the country to express their love for their children AND their demand for new gun control laws.

Decorate your heart, add your child or children's names or initials, and wear it proudly. We encourage creativity: crayons, fabric, and different materials. Pin your heart over your heart and wear it publicly in support of One Million Moms for Gun Control.

We ask moms, dads, grandparents and anyone participating to take pictures of themselves wearing their pin and use those pictures as their Facebook profile. Share them with us by emailing them to photos@1mm4gc.org or Tweet/Instagram them using the hashtags #howdoyouwearyourheart and #1MM4GC. 

Whether you are a mom, a dad, a friend, an aunt...please join us and stand up against this cycle of violence. 

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Concerned citizen January 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM
My comments keep getting rejected
Lightnapper January 26, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Since my dad was more of a businessman than an outdoorsman-hunter type, but my mother was-- hailing from country stock-- it was my mother who taught me how to use my first gun. It was a .410 pump shotgun. I hunted quail and rabbit with her at age 12. And boy did they taste good. A few years later, she helped me master the nuances of a 12 gauge, a .22, and a .30-06-- one for pheasant, turkey, duck, and rabbit. The .22 was for squirrel. The 30-06 was for deer. And boy did they taste good. As an adult, while working in LE, I later learned how to use a handgun. That weapon was for different purposes. As a child, we didn't have handguns in our home, just shotguns and rifles. But then we lived in the country with little crime, not in some festering dump/urban area filled with nasty people intent upon taking property, freedoms, and lives. During the course of my mother's instruction, I learned that not all food comes from a grocery store or the garden. I also learned fundamental gun safety, and complete respect for what a firearm can do when used properly and also when used improperly resulting in a "negligent" intentional or "accidental" discharge. When used properly a gun is a fine tool. When used improperly, it is destructive. The difference in its use is up to the person possessing it. You can't legislate or dictate morality, common sense, or intrinsic value for "life" with a paper law. Parents need to responsibly educate their children on gun safety, or have the NRA do it..
Bandelier Pilferage January 30, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Dah man is right on peoples. Listen up and learn you all. Hand gun be necessary. Especially down in the hood. Not saying this Nigga be packing. Don't want to F my parole. If only the Pigs and military have them it's lights out freedom. On this dis subject NRA is solid. A gun never killit someone. A gun in the hand of a person did. Take away guns and they'll be an up swing in death by razor, knife and bat or modified bats. You all remember them, the ones with the spikes and nails threw them. Home made tools of violence. Maybe bow and arrow. Man be most adaptable. Go back to church and get some ethics and morality.Yo realize that capitalism breeds predatory behavior in pursuit of folding cash at any cost.


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