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

Dying Social?

By  ThinkProgress War Room

Guns & Alcohol Don’t Mix

If there’s one thing Americans don’t need a coupon for, it’s an outing mixing guns and alcohol. Unfortunately, LivingSocial seems to think otherwise.

A new report out today from CREDO Action and the Gun Truth Project calls out the daily deal and experience company for offering booze and bullet-fueled experiences from coast to coast. The wide variety of deals even sometimes feature AR-15s, the same assault rifle used to kill 20 children and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Other experiences include AK-47s, semi-automatic pistols, and rifles.

Beyond perhaps being in poor taste, the experiences suggest that guns and alcohol go together. They don’t.

CREDO didn’t mince words when it came to calling out LivingSocial:

“In the wake of Newtown, I’d like to know how the people who own or work for LivingSocial can justify profiting from the packaging of AK-47 shooting sprees with an evening of bourbon shots,” Becky Bond, CREDO’s political director, said in a statement.

The company, she added, “is endangering the public health by suggesting pairing assault weapons with alcohol binges is just good clean fun.”

Data shows just how dangerous guns and alcohol can be when combined:

Mixing guns and alcohol is unfortunately common among those attracted to risky behaviors. As the report notes, 86 percent of homicide offenders were drinking at the time of the homicide. Gun owners also have far higher binge-drinking and chronic alcohol abuse rates than people who don’t own guns. People who carry concealed weapons or have confronted someone with a gun are more than twice as likely to drink heavily than non-owners.

In contrast to LivingSocial, its main competitor, Groupon, cancelled all gun-related deals in North America after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

LivingSocial, which lost $650 MILLION last year and $50 MILLION so far this year, has received more than $30 MILLION in tax credits from the District of Columbia, which, ironically, has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.

To find out more, check out the entire report HERE. If you think that guns and alcohol shouldn’t mix, you can contact LivingSocial using this form and tell them so.

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