Six years ago today, an Ohio man who spent the afternoon drinking called 911 to report someone with a gun. The 911 dispatcher failed to mention that he’d said it was a juvenile and the gun was likely fake (the dispatcher was later suspended but kept her job). What happened next?
Police showed up at a Cleveland park and within TWO SECONDS shot and killed Tamir Rice, 12. He was holding a fake “airsoft” gun in a state that allows open carry.

Later it was revealed that the officer who shot Tamir was deemed unstable and unfit for duty in another job.
The fake gun Tamir Rice was holding was later found to lack an orange-tipped barrel, which would have indicated it was a toy.

Who fights against adding orange tips? You got it, the @NRA. They don’t want to “demonize anything remotely related to firearms.” washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl…
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor refused to file criminal charges against the officers who killed Tamir Rice, arguing that there wasn’t enough evidence, and a grand jury declined to indict them. The city of Cleveland settled a civil lawsuit filed by Rice’s family for $6 million.
In 2018, the former officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice was offered a position with the Bellaire, Ohio, police force. The police chief said he offered the job because he “believes in second chances.” After public pressure, the job was not accepted. wtov9.com/news/local/bel…
Samaria Rice, Tamir Rice's mother, recently spoke out on what should have been her son's 18th birthday: "I am doing OK these days, but I'm still sick though, mentally, physically, emotionally. You know, it's just messed up."

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13 Nov
UPDATE:Already this cycle, 109 volunteers ran for office and 35 @MomsDemand volunteers have won their races up, including our second volunteer to win a seat in Congress: Former volunteer Marie Newman in Illinois’ 3rd congressional district.

Fifteen races have yet to be called.
Other volunteer leaders who have won their races include:

Deb Andraca, Wisconsin, State House, District 23

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, California, State House, District 16

Christina Bohannan, Iowa, State House, District 85

Liz Boldon, Minnesota, State House, District 25B
Nicole Clowney, Arkansas, State House, District 86

Heather Edelson, Minnesota, State House, District 49A

Dacia Grayber, Oregon, State House, District 35

Pam Hall, Michigan, Midland City Council, Ward 1

Daniel Hernandez, Arizona, State House, District 2
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8 Nov
Some good gun safety news coming out the post-election reports so far...

1) The NRA’s big bet on Trump was a bust. The NRA's spending was down almost half this cycle — and it chose to put 70% of its federal spending behind Trump. That turned out to be a bad investment.
2) We won in former gun lobby strongholds. Arizona and Colorado used to be NRA bastions; thanks in part to the hard work of @momsdemand and #studentsdemandaction volunteers, and @everytown's financial support, they elected Captain Mark Kelly and John Hickenlooper to the Senate.
Also, the Georgia suburbs are now a Southern stronghold for gun safety. Rep. Lucy McBath, a former @momsdemand volunteer, won her bid for re-election. But we also had a big win with gun sense champ Carolyn Bourdeaux - we helped her flip a competitive House seat from red to blue.
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2 Nov
We endorsed a record-breaking 51 @momsdemand volunteer leaders who are running for office up and down the ballot this year.

Check out this thread to learn more about some of the fierce gun safety advocates who are making the move from shaping policy to making it.
Christy Clark, North Carolina, House seat

In 2018, @ChristyClarkNC won her seat by just 415 votes. We're so close to a gun sense majority in the North Carolina statehouse, and we need to help re-elect this gun sense champion. #ncpol
ChaRon Sattler-Leblanc, New York State Assembly

Twenty-five years ago, @ChaChaRon ‘s cousins were murdered in a domestic violence shooting. She’s a Rochester @momsdemand volunteer now running for a seat in the State Assembly. #nyleg
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1 Nov
TEXAS: We’re in the FINAL stretch and have to do everything possible to send Gun Sense Candidate @mjhegar to Washington - and send NRA ally @JohnCornyn packing!

Cornyn has repeatedly sided with the gun lobby over the safety of our families and communities. He obstructed bipartisan, common-sense legislation passed in the House to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and background checks on all gun sales.
We saw the consequences of our system’s background check loopholes all too clearly in Texas when a gunman killed seven people and wounded 25 more in a mass shooting in Midland-Odessa in 2019. The shooter failed a background check at a licensed gun dealer. texastribune.org/2019/09/03/ode…
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31 Oct
BREAKING: New polling shows gun safety messaging from @Everytown and @momsdemand broke through this cycle and is persuading voters in battleground states, moving the needle by up to SIX POINTS in favor of Democratic candidates:
everytown.org/documents/2020…
A whopping 84 percent of likely voters across battleground states say a candidates’ position on gun policy is important in deciding who to vote for, including 85 percent of suburban women.
Across AZ, CO, FL, IA, MN, NC, PA & TX - states that will make or break this election - new polling illustrates a cultural shift that @Everytown and @MomsDemand have seen for years: voters overwhelmingly want gun laws strengthened, not weakened, now by more than a 4:1 margin.
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10 Oct
The @NRA has played a significant role in amplifying radical messaging of extremists to a broader audience, fanning the flames of anger and fear in those already radicalized, and advocating for lax gun laws that enable violent extremists to arm themselves. nytimes.com/2020/10/09/us/…
Messages of xenophobia, racism and fringe conspiracy theories promoted by the White House and the @NRA have encouraged white supremacist and anti-government domestic terrorists, and reinforce conspiracies that have circulated in extreme-right circles for years.
Guns are an integral part of anti-government and white supremacist violence. In 2017, a joint report from the FBI and DHS said “firearms likely will continue to pose the greatest threat of lethal violence by [extremists] due to their availability and ease of use.”
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