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 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, 20,000 of them children, 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!