Women gather in a house across the street from a Tulsa high school. An attractive fruit tray, cheese and other hors d’oeuvres cover the dining table. As guests fill the kitchen, dining room and living room, they hold glasses of wine and mingle, laughing and talking. It could be a Bunko group, a PTA committee meeting or a book group, but not for these women. They are gathered for a common goal – to end gun violence. They have come to hear about a new grassroots organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
In the United States, an average of eight children under the age of 20 are killed by gunshots every day according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The campaign’s website also states that nine out of 10 Americans support universal background checks, yet Congress recently voted down legislation that would have provided those back- ground checks.