About The Founder
Shannon Watts is a 42-year-old mother of five children (two step-daughters, 23 and 19; two daughters, 17 and 16; and a 12-year-old son). For the past five years, Ms. Watts has been a stay-at-home mom in Zionsville, a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that, she had a 15-year career as a communications executive for both agencies and corporations. Ms. Watts was not an activist or involved in gun control prior to the shootings at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012. The day after the tragedy, she started a Facebook page. Since then, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America has become a not-for-profit organization with tens of thousands of members and more than 75 local chapters across the country. Ms. Watts’ goal is for Moms Demand Action to become the Mothers Against Drunk Driving of gun control.