Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mother Lode Democrats of Amador: Cynthia Shallit, Moms Demand Action - Tues Nov 19

The Mother Lode Democrats of Amador are proud to present Cynthia Shallit as our guest speaker at our next meeting, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, California.

Moms Demand Action Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives. But something is changing. Mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, students and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives. 

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America 
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School (2012), the shooting that killed 20 first graders and six teachers. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country (761 local groups) and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of  Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than six million supporters.

Everyday 100 Americans die from gun violence and hundreds more are wounded. There have been more than 1,800 other mass shootings since Sandy Hook. Gun violence is the second leading cause of death for American children and teens overall and the leading cause of death for Black children and teens.

We support responsible gun ownership while doing much more to keep guns out of the wrong hands and create a culture of gun safety.

Here in the Sacramento area, we have three chapters---Capitol Area, Folsom, and Yolo chapters. The volunteers in these chapters are working on these priorities: 
·        Spreading the word about California Gun Violence Restraining Order law, commonly known as extreme risk, or red flag law 
·        Forming partnerships with our most “at risk” communities 
·        Supporting new California gun safety legislation by meeting with elected officials and testifying at the capital, and 
·        Campaigning for GunSense candidates nationwide.

 In 2019, our legislative focus was to support proven community-based Gun Violence Prevention Programs like Youth Alive!, United Playaz, and Advance Peace that are in the neighborhoods hardest hit by daily gun violence. We also partnered with other gun violence prevention groups like Brady and Giffords to advocate for more funding for the Cal VIP (Violence Intervention Program). We succeeded in raising the annual budget from $9 million to $30 million and we helped pass AB1603 which will help to ensure the funding grants go to the cities and programs most in need.

In addition we have been working to educate our communities about existing firearm laws, and the overall importance of responsible gun ownership. We have two educational programs. One is called Be SMART, which is focused on awareness about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage. The second is called Speak for Safety, which is a program designed to raise awareness of the California Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVROs)/red flag laws and how to obtain one. As part of this program groups across the state have been reaching out to our local law enforcement agencies, District Attorneys and City Attorneys to ensure that they are trained in seeking and enforcing GVRO’s, and to understand how Moms can work with them to ensure the community is aware of the law and how it works.

MOMS Demand Action in 2018 became the most active it has ever been in local, state and national elections. Because Moms Demand Action is bi-partisan, it evaluates and endorses candidates from both parties and awards the GunSense Candidate Distinction. The organization also trains its members to run for elected office.  In 2018, 40 active volunteers ran for office and 16 won.  The legislatures of seven states flipped to become gun-sense majorities. 
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