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12/4/17 News from Moms Rising

December Events in Washington DC

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If you're in the DC area, please join us for these important events to stand up for gun safety!

December 14th is the fifth Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators. [1] Since then, 500,000 Americans have died or been injured by guns. [2] The last few months alone saw the tragedies of Sutherland Springs and Las Vegas, two of the worst mass shootings in recent U.S. history. [3]

Here in DC, join other moms, dads and other advocates for gun safety to speak out against gun violence by attending any of the events listed below!

UPCOMING GUN SAFETY EVENTS IN DC:
1 Congressional Hearing on Gun Safety: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 10 AM, Dirksen Senate Building, Room 226 (First Ave NE, Washington DC 20002)
In the wake of the Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs shootings, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on gun policy, including fixing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and regulating bump stocks (an accessory that enables guns to fire like machine guns). Help pack the room to show Congress that gun safety remains a priority for moms and families.


2 5th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, Saint Marks Episcopal Church, Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 7 PM - 9 PM EST (301 A Street SE Washington, DC 20003)
On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook shootings, please join MomsRising and the Newtown Foundation, the charitable arm of the Newtown Action Alliance, for this national vigil service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy and Representative Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut; Chris Hurst, former TV anchor whose girlfriend Alison Parker was killed on live television in 2015; and musician Natalie Merchant are just a few of the special guests who will gather with families and survivors of gun violence and gun safety advocates for this powerful and moving event.


3 3) Protest in front of NRA headquarters on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10AM EST (11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030)
Since the Sandy Hook Shootings, the GVP community has held a protest and vigil in front of NRA headquarters on the 14th of every month to let them know WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN. On the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, join friends and neighbors in the area, and other gun safety advocates from near and far, in front of NRA Headquarters to make sure the gun lobby hasn't forgotten either.

[1] "Sandy Hook shooting: What happened?" CNN.com.
[2] "Families of Newtown School Shooting Victims Call Upon Congress to Act After Las Vegas Shooting," October 2, 2017, www.necn.com
[3] "This Is the Deadliest Year for Mass Shootings in Modern U.S. History," November 6, 2017, Time.com.
[4] Ibid.


11/22/16 News from Moms Rising

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First the good news: Election 2016 improved gun safety. Against strong opposition from the gun lobby, voters passed three state ballot initiatives[1] aimed at reducing gun violence, and came close to passing a fourth:

  • Nevada now has universal background checks on gun sales.
  • Washington enacted a gun violence restraining order law.
  • California outlawed ammunition magazines with more 10 rounds, and now requires background checks for bullets purchases, reporting of lost or stolen guns, and provides a process for removing guns from people upon felony convictions.
  • Maine failed to pass universal background checks by the narrowest of margins.
The bad news is, despite this exciting progress at the state-level, the general election has left us with a challenging landscape for commonsense gun policy reform going forward.
But with 100,000 people injured or killed by guns every year,[2] 20,000 of them children,[3] we just can’t afford to stop fighting. We must continue to speak out against gun violence, search for new tactics and solutions to reduce gun violence, and create new partnerships and alliances among different communities to build the gun safety movement.
In the coming weeks, MomsRising members have the following opportunities to recommit to fighting for gun safety. Please join us at any or all of the following events, where we will continue to build our grassroots power and let the gun lobby know: We’re still here!
100,000 people in USA injured or killed by guns every year

Resources

National organizations

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.

  • Gabby Giffords' Americans for Responsible Solutions "I promise you that if we cannot make our communities safer from gun violence while protecting gun rights with the Congress we have now, I will use every means available to make sure we have a different Congress, one that puts communities’ interests ahead of the gun lobby's."

  • Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety "The NRA spent 30 million dollars to elect Donald Trump, more than any other outside group, and another 25 million to keep the Senate in Republican hands -- and they will expect to get what they paid for."

  • Code Pink. "Wherever there is injustice we'll be there to highlight in bold PINK."
  • Virgina / DC-area orgs

  • MomsRising.org Post-election ways to keep fighting for #gunsafety