Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

One year ago, I wasn’t an activist of any kind. I was a stay at home mom of five children in a suburb of Indianapolis.
But in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, I went online and started a Facebook group for moms who wanted to get involved.
I’m still amazed at the response, and one year later we’ve grown to include chapters in all 50 states and are widely recognized as the nation’s leading grassroots organization working on gun violence prevention.
See what our movement looks like one year later by watching this video, and join us by liking Moms Demand Action on Facebook:

We’re getting stronger, and we’re expanding in states and at the local level so we can be even more involved as this fight moves to city and state legislatures around the country. Gun violence is a problem that won’t be solved until we get laws on the books that will protect all communities, and we’re going to be calling on grassroots supporters like you to join forces with us and solve this problem.
Someday, when we look back at this year, we will remember it as the moment that launched a movement that changed everything — or the time we had real progress within our reach, but lacked the strength to seize it.
Please watch this video, share it with your friends and family, and like us on Facebook:
Thanks, and get ready for an exciting year ahead,
Shannon Watts Founder Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America


My mom, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  She was murdered almost a year ago today, and there’s nothing anyone can do to bring her back.As painful as this anniversary is, I’m also grateful to have joined this movement of millions of Americans like you who are standing up for common-sense gun laws.  And I want to take a moment to thank you for your commitment to passing stronger gun laws so others don’t have to experience what my family has been through.Today, I’m changing my profile picture to the image below. It’s a show of solidarity with supporters around the country, and it will remind our friends and families that we’re serious about making meaningful changes to our nation’s broken gun laws.Please join me, and stand with supporters around the country by updating your profile picture on Facebook and Twitter:

To download a copy of the above image, click here. If you’re not on Facebook or Twitter, sign up to attend a No More Silence remembrance event here.

It’s because of people like you that we’ve seen so much progress on this issue in the last year.  But this fight isn’t over, and changing your Facebook photo is a simple way to show your friends and family that you’re in it for the long haul.

Change your profile photo –  for the 26 children and educators, including my mom, who were killed one year ago, and for the 33 Americans who are murdered with guns every single day:

And if you ever feel disheartened by the politics in Washington around this issue, think of my mom and all the people we’re doing this for. We can’t give up before we pass the common-sense laws that will make us all safer.

Thank you,

Erica Lafferty

a message from Gov Inslee

In 1994, I faced a difficult decision: do the right thing and cast the deciding vote for the Federal Assault Weapons Ban — likely losing my congressional re-election in the process — or take the politically easy route and vote against it.

I voted for it. And to this day I stand by my position supporting commonsense, responsible gun safety legislation.

Now in the state of Washington, we all have a chance to do the right thing by supporting I-594, an initiative requiring criminal background checks for gun purchases in our state.

Passing I-594 won’t be easy. Our opponents are rallying to try to stop us, even going so far as to declare December 15 — one year and one day after the Sandy Hook massacre that left 20 people dead — “Guns Save Lives Day” in an effort to build opposition to sensible gun reform laws.

Don’t let the gun lobby and the gun makers profit off the anniversary of one of the worst tragedies our nation has ever known. Sign the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s open letter today, and demand the gun lobbyists cancel their outrageous “Guns Save Lives Day.”

Look, we have plenty of responsible gun owners in Washington, and an overwhelming majority of them support criminal background checks because they’re responsible gun owners.

Not the sponsors of “Guns Save Lives Day.” There is nothing responsible about exploiting the death of innocent little children — even worse when it’s done to stop reforms that could prevent future tragedies. They should cancel this horrific excuse to celebrate guns, and stop spreading misinformation about responsible, reasonable reforms like I-594.

Join me and tell the gun lobby this is completely unacceptable. Sign the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s open letter now, and demand the gun lobbyists cancel “Guns Save Lives Day” now.

Responsible gun owners know there are sensible things we can do to keep guns out of the hands of people like Adam Lanza, and they’re eager to stop the next tragedy — not exploit the last one.

Thankfully, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is leading the charge to fight back against “Guns Save Lives Day” — spearheading efforts to educate Washingtonians about I-594 and why it’s the right thing to do for Washington and our kids. I’m proud to join them, and I hope you’ll help out, too.

Sign the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s open letter today, and help them fight back against “Guns Save Lives Day.” now.

Thanks for your support.

Very truly yours,

Jay Inslee

my daughter Lauren

It’s been almost one year since my daughter Lauren was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Lauren had an amazing smile that just lit up the room. She loved kids, and she died doing what she loved — teaching first graders. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her and how much I miss her.
Nothing will ever bring back the 26 children and educators who were murdered that day, including my beautiful daughter. But with 26 more school shootings in this country in the past year, I know that we need more than a moment of silence.
Please watch this powerful message today, and make a donation to keep it on the air.

This ad has already gotten lots of attention in the media, from MSNBC to USA Today,, and the Huffington Post. But we want to make sure that as many people as possible see it — and we’ll need your help to keep it on the air.
Please make a donation today and help us keep the ad on the air:
Thanks for doing this,
Gilles Rousseau Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Newtown anniversary ad:

It’s been almost one year since Newtown.People across the country will be observing a moment of silence for the 20 children and 6 adults who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary. But with 26 more school shootings in the past year, is silence what America really needs right now?

Watch our powerful new TV ad and make a donation of $26 or more to help put it on the air:

We need this message to be seen everywhere — because even though we’ve seen a lot of success in states around the country this year, Congress still hasn’t enacted common-sense laws that would prevent gun violence and save lives.

We can’t let another moment of silence pass by without meaningful action that will keep our communities safe.

Please watch our Newtown anniversary ad and make a donation of $26 or more today:

Thank you for helping us share this message.

Mark Glaze
Mayors Against Illegal Guns