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Statement from Montana Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in Response to Markus Kaarma Guilty Verdict

December 17, 2014

In response to today’s guilty verdict in the Markus Kaarma case, the Montana Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the statement below from Montana volunteer Julia Starrett.

“Today justice prevailed over senseless and unnecessary gun violence with the guilty verdict in the Kaarma trial. Seventeen-year-old Diren Dede’s death did not have to happen – and we know that unfortunately, there are laws on the books that embolden people like Mr. Kaarma to shoot first and ask questions later. As moms who are dedicated to reducing the 86 gun violence deaths in our country each day, we believe that responsible gun ownership goes hand in hand with common-sense safety measures that keep our children safe and today, we are pleased to see that justice prevailed in the state of Montana.”

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2.5 million members and more than 40,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MomsDemand

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