We All Bleed the Same Blood

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On the morning of March 30, 2010 my daughter, Brishell, and two of her best friends went to the funeral of a young man they knew. Just as I was leaving the house to go to work, Brishell said, “before you say anything, I’m going to clean my room when I get home.” She knew I was meticulous and liked the house organized. I smiled, and said okay. She kissed me on the cheek and said goodbye. I spent the rest of the day at the office, trying to quell the growing uneasiness in my stomach that had … [Read more...]

The System Failed My Son By Allowing His Abusive Father Access to Guns

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My son, Michael, loved tractors. Fortunately for him, we lived in an area with miles of farmland where tractors were commonplace. Once when we were driving home he said, “Mommy I want to see a tractor.” I told him, “Michael, I can’t make one appear by saying hocus pocus abracadabra.” Immediately he tried to repeat my words, only managing to say “hocus pocus” but struggling with “abracadabra.” After he was killed, my parents’ neighbors arranged for a John Deere tractor to lead the funeral … [Read more...]

In Just Three Minutes, My Daughter Was Gone and My Life Forever Changed

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It was February 12th and my 15-year-old daughter, Kirsten, and I were headed to the mall to pick out Valentine’s Day cards for our loved ones. My other daughter, Kait, was supposed to come with us, but she was called into work that day, so we dropped her off at her job and went ahead to the card shop. Kirsten liked the idea that she and I were taking a special trip to the mall together alone. It was 6:44 p.m. when we arrived at the mall, which is uniquely located in an old trolley station. I … [Read more...]

Rhode Island Mayors Against Illegal Guns Release Letter in Support of Legislation to Keep Guns Away from Domestic Abusers

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Mayors of Central Falls, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, and Warwick Sign Letter Urging Lawmakers to Pass S. 503 and H. 5655 Poll Shows Overwhelming Majority of Rhode Islanders Back Legislation, Which Will Prohibit Domestic Abusers from Possessing Guns Providence, RI -- The Rhode Island coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns—a national coalition of mayors which, together with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, formed Everytown for Gun Safety last year—today released a … [Read more...]

Another Loss for Gun Lobby, Victory for Public Safety as Governor Bullock Vetoes Final Dangerous Gun Bill

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Everytown for Gun Safety and Montana Moms Applaud Governor Bullock’s Veto of House Bill 533; Veto Comes After Numerous Dangerous Gun Bills Were Rejected with Bi-Partisan Opposition in the House 83 Percent of Montanans Support Requiring a Permit to Carry Concealed Handguns in Public Everytown for Gun Safety and the Montana chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today released the following statement applauding the defeat of numerous dangerous gun bills in Montana as … [Read more...]

Everytown, Tennessee Moms Disappointed in Governor Haslam’s Contradictions as He Signs Guns in Parks Bill While Also Expressing Public Safety Concerns; Other Dangerous Gun Bills Defeated

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House Bill 995 Will Compromise the Safety of Children by Forcing All Tennessee Public Parks to Allow Guns Everytown for Gun Safety and the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today expressed deep disappointment over Governor Haslam’s decision to sign House Bill 995 into law, legislation that forces all Tennessee towns and cities to allow guns in their parks and recreation areas. HB 995 eliminates local officials’ authority to make public safety decisions aimed at … [Read more...]

Everytown, Oregon Moms Applaud Background Check Bill Passed out of House Rules Committee Today

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Bill Now Moves to House Floor for a Vote; 81% of Oregonians Support Background Checks on All Gun Sales The Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded the House Rules Committee for passing Senate Bill 941, legislation to require background checks on all gun sales, out of committee with a 5-4 vote. The vote follows yesterday’s lengthy hearing on SB 941, where law enforcement officials, veterans, survivors of gun … [Read more...]

Everytown, Maine Moms Demand Action Release New Television, Radio and Digital Ads Opposing LD 652, Permitless Carry Legislation

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84 Percent of Mainers Oppose Scrapping Permits for Concealed Handguns; TV, Radio and Digital Ads Can Be Seen Here Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Maine chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today released new television, radio and digital ads opposing LD 652, legislation being considered by the Maine legislature that would let people carry hidden, loaded handguns in public without a permit. The ads (available here) will air throughout Maine on television and … [Read more...]

Moms Demand Action Releases New Ad to Highlight How Kroger’s Lack of Action to Prohibit Open Carry Endangers Employees

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New Ad Highlights the Safety Risk Kroger Employees Face Due to the Grocer Allowing the Open Carry of Loaded Firearms ‘World’s Longest Receipt’ Racks Up More Than $300,000 Spent at Kroger Competitors in Just One Week; #GroceriesNotGuns Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today released a new digital ad entitled “Which is Which?” (available here) that showcases how Kroger’s policy allowing the open carry of loaded firearms in stores forces employees to determine whether someone … [Read more...]

Everytown, Coalition of Oregon Moms, Law Enforcement, Gun Violence Survivors, Gun Owners, Faith Leaders, Students, Public Health Advocates Speak out in Support of Background Checks at House Rules Committee Hearing

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81% of Oregonians Support Background Checks on All Gun Sales The Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, came together with law enforcement leaders, gun violence survivors, gun owners, faith leaders, students, public health advocates and others today at the House Rules Committee hearing on SB 941, legislation to require background checks on all gun sales. The broad coalition of Oregonians attended the hearing today and testified in … [Read more...]