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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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Jim Eastwood January 04, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Ky and all There has to be a MIDDLE of the Road solution to this matter. The problem is that Politicians will make "Hay" over this situation and Much like the Lawyer who filed suit against the State for $100millon $$$$ they are only thinking of their futures and interests. Too many emotions on both sides. To Strict a contol over fire arms owner ship and FOI's about Gunowers is Smacking of NAZI germany in the 30's and 40's. How about we all work together on this issue ???
Bill January 04, 2013 at 02:42 PM
The 2nd ammendment was clear. It's purpose was to allow citizens to arm themselves against a tyranical govt. It is worth noting that the citys that have banned guns, like Chicago and Washington D.C., have high rates of homicide due to guns. We need to keep a healthy dose of skepticism regarding a govt. that has lied to us over and over again. Remember weapons of mass destruction? Our history is littered with false flag attacks, implemented to manipulate the masses. Here's an example of one, one that we know about: In the early 60's the CIA, under the plan, Operation Northwoods, the govt. was prepared to bomb American cities and blame it on Cuba. Fortunately, President Kennedy scrapped the plan outright. And we all know what happened to him.
Kara Baekey January 05, 2013 at 03:03 PM
The Fairfield County Chapter of One Million Moms for Gun Control will be protesting the gun show at the Stamford Sheraton this afternoon from 2-4pm, 2701 Summer Street, Stamford, Connecticut 06905. Supporters welcome.
Siwanoy January 05, 2013 at 04:28 PM
let me get this straight, you think as an armed individual you stand a chance against the US. goverment/US military? If the government decided to attack its population, the military would either defect, or it would destroy civilian opposition. all the guns and rifles in the world won't prevent your house from being bombed by a drone or military pilot, you'll be secure in your little hole in the ground versus your neighbors if you live, but don't kid yourself and think that you'd be able to over power the US military. Guns are not banned in Chicago or Washington D.C., unless of course you have a different definition of banned.
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