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Clinton Hill Dad to Discuss Gun Control in D.C. Wednesday

March 12, 2013

In a country where eight children are shot and killed every day, it is imperative that Congressional representatives hear directly and frequently from American mothers.

— Shannon Watts, Founder,
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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John Philp and fellow members of the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America will participate in “Moms Take the Hill™.”

By Caitlin Nolan

Members from the greater New York City chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America will join more than 200 members from 30 states to participate “Moms Take the Hill” Wednesday.

Brooklyn-based mothers and fathers will travel to Washington, D.C. to discuss gun sense in America and appeal to their representatives for a change in regulations in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Elected officials including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and representatives from California, Connecticut and New York are currently scheduled to attend.

Attending is Clinton Hill filmmaker, producer and father of three John Philp, who said he is invested in making sure legislators know their constituents care about the issue. “I’ve always been concerned with gun violence and the lunacy around the debate in this country,” he said.

A native of Australia, Philp is hopeful he can inject into the American gun debate his take on solutions that Australians have enacted.

“We had a 16- to 17-year period from mid ’80s to the late ’90s where we had a rash of over 13 mass shootings,” Philp said. He noted the tipping point came after 35 people were killed and 23 wounded in the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, which remains one of the deadliest shootings worldwide committed by a single person.

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