Moms Demand Action video reminds us moms are tackling gun violence
A new video narrated by Julianne Moore highlights how moms across the country have been fighting gun violence for the last five years. And their message is clear: they’re not letting up anytime soon. From canvassing neighborhoods to running for office, these moms are serious about reducing gun violence in America.
The women featured in the video are volunteers for the nonprofit Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Academy Award-winning actress Moore has been an outspoken advocate of the group for years. “Moms Demand Action volunteers are some of the greatest heroes of the gun safety movement,” she said. “Working together with gun violence survivors, they are fighting to make sure that gun safety prevails in Washington, D.C. and statehouses across the country.” It’s no easy feat to battle the NRA, but these moms have worked tirelessly in every state to pass gun laws that most Americans support. Yes, even people who own firearms can support common-sense gun laws. These moms have also pushed for a renewed focus on safety in gun culture.
The moving video tracks the efforts these incredible women make in their communities from hanging signs in local businesses to meeting with congressional leaders. Conversations in living rooms among friends and neighbors have led to significant successes over the years thanks to these badass moms. In 2017 alone they: passed a bill in Rhode Island that keeps guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers, passed laws in Hawaii, Washington, and Tennessee that helps law enforcement officials catch people who try to buy guns illegally, and successfully fought to keep guns out of the St. Louis Zoo. They also passed a law preventing people from carrying hidden, loaded guns in public hospitals in Kansas, forced domestic abusers in Nevada to turn in their guns to law enforcement, kept Nebraska’s background check law intact, and defeated Stand Your Ground and permitless carry legislation in Minnesota.
These moms have been spending the small amount of time they have away from home and work to enact real, lasting change that betters all of our lives. These motivated parents lobbied lawmakers to keep guns out of schools in West Virginia, California, Kentucky, and North Dakota while also passing legislation to keep guns off college campuses in various states. And they’ve made it harder for criminals and domestic abusers to access firearms. Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook where 40 parents lost children in a mass shooting, moms across the country said “no more” and founded Moms Demand Action. The grassroots movement is part of the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the U.S. with four million supporters.
It’s easy to feel powerless, but these moms remind us that we can fight back bit by bit, state by state — to create a safer America.