Moms Demand Action – Mid-Michigan and Lansing Chapter is affiliated with the national Moms Demand Action organization and also with the UUCGL Social Action Committee. Linda Brundage, chair of our local chapter, writes,
"Yet another mass shooting in the United States. When will it stop?
Every day, 33 people die from gun violence in our country, and nearly eight of those are children. The Navy Yard massacre is at least the sixth mass shooting (defined as four or more people being shot in a single episode and in a single location) since Sandy Hook. Since Newtown, there have been 8,241 media reported deaths from guns. The CDC estimates 24,580 gun deaths, which include suicide.
Michigan must not wait for our own Navy Yard, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Aurora, Virginia Tech, or yet another one of the many mass shootings. We must unite and work to prevent such a tragedy and stop the daily gun deaths in Detroit, Pontiac, Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids, and all the cities and villages in our state. In the words of Gabby Giffords, "Enough is enough."
I am a mom, grandma, psychologist, and person of faith, and I have decided that I must do what I can for gun sense in my community. I can not be passive in the face of such tragedy.
So what to do? Join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which was founded the day after Sandy Hook. Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to stop drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to end the epidemic of gun violence in America.
Moms Demand Action is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that educates, motivates, and mobilizes moms and families to take action for stronger gun laws and policies that save lives. Moms Demand Action supports the Second Amendment, while demanding action on commonsense gun reforms from lawmakers at every level as well as public and private institutions.
We believe that this country’s lax gun laws, loopholes, and policies have jeopardized the safety of our children and communities for far too long. We must let our state and federal legislators know that we support the following common sense, evidence-based solutions to help reduce gun violence in the United States:
Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases;
Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds;
Track the sale of large quantities of ammunition, and ban online sales;
Establish product safety oversight of guns and ammunition, and require child-safe gun technology;
Support policies at companies and public institutions that promote gun safety;
Counter the gun industry’s efforts to weaken gun laws at the state level.
Write your legislators, call, email, go to legislative hearings, go to rallies, write letters to the editor. Make your voice heard as a member of the vast majority of Americans who want commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence.
In the words of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, "Let us honor those lost and save those who will be lost if we fail to act, by rolling up our sleeves and engaging in the hard work of participatory democracy." It is a moral imperative to reduce gun violence. We are all part of the interdependent web of life; any loss is all of our loss. Join Moms Demand Action and be part of the solution."
We have achieved many successes in 2013, including a positive and supportive presence at a Lansing Gun Buyback, a campaign that sent out many hundreds of postcards, a "Moms Take the Hill" trip to Washington, DC, a statewide Rally for Sensible Gun Laws at the State Capitol attended by 300 supporters, a screening of the film Living for 32 followed by discussion with star Colin Goddard and State Representative Jim Townsend, and a series of organizing meetings held at our church.
This group is not just for moms; all are welcome to join us. “Like” our local chapter Page at facebook.com/MomsDemandActionMILansing.
Everyone can help the cause by calling their senators, emphasizing universal background checks and reducing gun trafficking.
Sen. Stabenow (202) 224-4822
Our mission statement: We are citizens moved to action in response to gun violence. Though not politically affiliated, we determine to work for sensible gun control that does not infringe upon Second Amendment rights. Contact Linda Brundage for more information.
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