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Phone Calls Pressure Elected Officials To Act On Gun Control Laws

January 13, 2013

Most of the 200 calls to the office of Rep. Mike Doyle, a Forest Hills, PA Democrat, were ‘very heavily in favor of doing something.’

Gun Debate Lights Up Congressional Phone Lines

Gun stores across the nation have reported brisk sales and difficulty in restocking shelves in recent weeks

By Craig Smith, staff writer for Trib Total Media

Mass shootings, ammunition shortages and fear that government might snatch away gun rights have driven new voices to the gun control debate, and congressional offices are hearing from them.

Shannon Watts, Founder, One Million Moms for Gun Control

Shannon Watts, Founder, One Million Moms for Gun Control

Sen. Bob Casey‘s office has received more than 500 calls on the issue since mid-December, with about 60 percent in favor of reforming gun laws and 40 percent against.

“I do think we‘re at the tipping point in this country,” said Shannon Watts, a stay-at-home mom from Indianapolis who founded One Million Moms for Gun Control one day after the Sandy Hook massacre. The group has 75 chapters, including one in Pittsburgh.

“It‘s clear to me this is a priority. … There is a sense of urgency,” said Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePa, one of several advocacy groups that met with Biden last week. “Nobody wants to see this be a task force that produces a report that just sits on a shelf.”

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