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Jul 18 4 tweets 1 min read
“When we went through her things we found 19 loaded handguns stashed all over her house—under her bed, in her closet, in the silverware drawer… That's the American spirit.” This irresponsible, dangerous rhetoric will encourage gun extremist to treat firearms like toys and leave unsecured, loaded guns accessible to children. Gun violence is the number one killer of American children, including unintentional shootings with unsecured guns.
Jun 3 7 tweets 2 min read
Dedicating my feed tonight to @KyleClark, Colorado journalist and brilliant, fearless moderator. All of these clips from the recent GOO debate for a Colorado Congressional seat are 💯

Feb 11 5 tweets 1 min read
Hearing even Democrats repeat the bullshit talking points about VP Kamala Harris - they don’t think she’s qualified or they say she can’t win in the future. But when you press them for proof or examples to back up their fears, it’s clear they’re just regurgitating others’ TPs. Conversation I had with unnamed family member:

Me: Why don’t you support VP Harris?

Them: She hasn’t accomplished anything.

Me: What other VP accomplishments would you cite as consequential?

Them: Hmmmm.
Dec 15, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
ELEVEN YEARS AGO today, at my Indiana kitchen counter, I created a Facebook page that became @MomsDemand. I never imagined it would become the largest women-led organization in the US and, with @StudentsDemand and 10M supporters, twice the size of the NRA In 2012, gun safety was the third rail of American politics. A quarter of all Dems in Congress had NRA A-ratings. The NRA wielded outsized influence and could generate angry calls and emails to lawmakers. And there was no national gun safety grassroots movement to stop them.
Dec 10, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
Defamation is not free speech, which is why judges in different state have come to the same conclusion: Alex Jones violated his victims’ First Amendment rights and he owes them $1.5 billion. Image On the day of the Sandy Hook shooting - which happened 11 years ago this week - Alex Jones went on the air while parents were learning that their children had died, claiming the mass shooting was a “false flag” intended to take away viewers’ Second Amendment rights.
Nov 23, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
NEW: The 20-year-old man who attempted to carry out a mass shooting inside an Ohio Walmart was a white supremacist and gun extremist who’d been admitted to the hospital for mental-health evaluations. He bought his long gun two days prior at a gun store:…
Image Ohio does not:

Require background checks

Have a red flag law

Prevent domestic abusers from accessing guns

Ban assault weapons

Limit magazine capacity

Have waiting periods

Require permitting

Regulate open carry
Oct 28, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
The Lewiston gunman used a Ruger SFAR, an AR-10 that fires a .308 caliber cartridge, even more powerful than the AR-15. Photos suggest his rifle was equipped with tactical gear, including an optic or red-dot sight, a flashlight, and 20-round magazines.… The magazines were taped together for faster reloading, a tactic referred to as “jungle style.” By taping two magazines together, the shooter was able to bolster his capacity to 40 rounds.
Sep 29, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
Sen. Dianne Feinstein was a trailblazer - the first female president of the San Fransisco Board of Supervisors, the first female mayor of San Fransisco, first woman U.S. senator from California. And one of the first among her colleagues to support gun safety - including Dems. Image Sen. Feinstein fought for stronger gun laws after Harvey Milk, her friend and fellow San Francisco city supervisor, bled to death in her arms from an assassin’s bullet in 1978. Among her successes: the 1994 assault weapons ban signed into law by President Clinton.
Aug 15, 2023 10 tweets 2 min read
It's back-to-school time. Given the amount of gunfire on school grounds last year, gun violence is top of mind for many students. People often ask me about how to talk their kids about their fears while also helping them stay and feel safe.

Some tips based on experts' advice... First, it's important to consider the age and maturity of your child. Children are uniquely vulnerable to trauma. There are different stages of childhood development and children’s understanding of complex issues and the world around them is different from stage to stage.
Jun 24, 2023 8 tweets 3 min read
WTF: The @nytimes writes an entire article about how fear drove tens of millions of irrational and deadly gun sales in America during COVID, but never points out the chaos campaign by the NRA and its allies to stoke fear and juice gun sales. 🧵… First NRA reference in article: “Gun ownership is not just a constitutional right but a necessary form of protection, according to organizations like the NRA and NSSF.” There’s no data showing guns are a necessary form of protection; there is data showing guns make us less safe.
May 8, 2023 4 tweets 5 min read
THEY DID IT!! Texas @MomsDemand volunteers and survivors, including Uvalde and Santa Fe families, have been advocating for the Raise the Age bill for weeks and finally - on the last day for this vote - it passed out cold committee.

Watch until the end.

Text TEXAS to 644-33 We SHOWED UP in Austin and demanded Texas do-nothing lawmakers do SOMETHING. They called an emergency meeting and PASSED a raise the age out of committee. Our work is not done, but there were tears from survivors - including Uvalde families - for this unprecedented vote. ImageImage
May 7, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
NEW: Police say the gunman who opened fire on an outlet mall in Texas had a patch on his chest that said “RWDS,” an acronym that stands for Right Wing Death Squad, and he may have been motivated by white supremacist or neo-Nazi beliefs.… In addition, law enforcement officials say the gunman interacted with neo-Nazi and white supremacist content online.…
Apr 29, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
Texans own among the most guns per capita of any state. If more guns and fewer laws made Texas safer, it would be the safest state with declining rates of gun violence, but it has high rates of gun suicide and homicide, and is home to four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings. Image Yet Texas lawmakers continue to undermine guns safety laws. During the last five years, Texas lawmakers reduced required training, allowed the open carry of handguns, forced guns on college campuses, reduced penalties for violating NO GUNS signs, passed permitless carry.
Apr 28, 2023 8 tweets 4 min read
Colorado used to be an @NRA stronghold. Today, it's @MomsDemand country. How did we get here? The unglamorous, heavy lifting of grassroots activism.

A thread... #coleg Let's go back to 2013. After then-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper passed sweeping gun safety laws in the wake of the Aurora mass shooting tragedy, the NRA worked to recall two state lawmakers to send a signal to other lawmakers - everywhere - considering something similar.
Apr 27, 2023 7 tweets 5 min read
BIG NEWS!!! I’m so excited that as I prepare step back from leadership role at @MomsDemand, my friend and colleague @FerrellZabala is stepping into a new role as the organization's first-ever Executive Director.… For the past four years, @FerrellZabala has led our organization's movement building work and strengthened our partnerships, grown our grassroots power, and uplifted the voices of gun violence survivors. Image
Apr 25, 2023 4 tweets 3 min read
THEY DID IT!!! @GovInslee just signed a historic package of gun safety bills into law banning assault weapons, holding the gun industry accountable, requiring waiting periods and promoting secure storage — surrounded by the Washington @MomsDemand and @StudentsDemand volunteers 💪 Image As Washington. State Sen. Jamie Pedersen said at the signing: "I see the sea of red with @MomsDemand shirts, the grassroots support who that have had our back to get these bills done.”
Apr 24, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
NEW: Myles Cosgrove, a former Louisville police officer who shot and killed Breonna Taylor in March 2020, is now a law enforcement officer in a nearby county.…… Officers fired 32 shots at Taylor and her boyfriend during an illegal raid of her home, half of which were fired by Cosgrove. An FBI ballistics report showed that it was Cosgrove's bullets that killed Taylor.
Apr 23, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
“…these acts increase public revulsion of gun ownership. The cry for legal and moral reform will sweep the land. America will change and gun rights will diminish. And gun owners who fail to grasp the moral weight of their responsibility will be to blame.”… In the face of hate and threats from armed extremists since the earliest days of @MomsDemand over 10 years ago, our volunteers have repeatedly made the decision to not back down, but to double down. And to shine a light on gun extremism.…
Apr 17, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
NEW: Media are reporting that the Kansas City man who shot Ralph Yarl, 16, is white man in his 80s. He hasn't been re-arrested as investigators consider whether he's protected by Missouri’s “Stand Your Ground” law - a deadly law based in white supremacy.… According to CNN, the shooter was taken into custody on April 13 just before midnight and was released less than two hours later at 1:24 a.m. on April 14.…
Apr 13, 2023 5 tweets 4 min read
Michigan @GovWhitmer just signed two major gun safety bills - universal background checks and secure storage - surrounded by @MomsDemand and @StudentsDemand volunteers.

@MIHouseDems are also set to pass on a Red Flag law two months after the shooting at MSU.

How did we do this? Image It was the unglamorous heavy lifting of grassroots activism by survivors, @MomsDemand and @StudentsDemand volunteers who showed up at the statehouse for years to testify and demand lawmakers act.

But for years, Republican majorities in the House and Senate ignored their pleas.
Mar 29, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
NEW: One of the guns used by the Nashville shooter, a Lead Star Arms Grunt AR-15 pistol, was equipped with a stabilizing arm brace, regulated by the ATF’s arm brace rule finalized in Jan - the same rule GOP members of the Judiciary Committee want to repeal. The House Judiciary Committee was set to hold a markup on legislation yesterday that would repeal the Biden-Harris regulation under the Congressional Review Act, but canceled the vote as news of the shooting in Nashville broke Monday afternoon.