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Founder of @MomsDemand, grassroots army of @Everytown / "Fight Like a Mother" author / Boards @WeAdvancePeace, @EmergeAmerica / On IG and TikTok @ shannonrwatts
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Jul 3 5 tweets 2 min read
Ohio police will release body camera footage at 1 pm ET today of the shooting of Jayland Walker, 25. Media reported that Walker was shot at 90 times and hit by 60 bullets after a traffic violation. Eight Akron officers are on administrative leave. #ohleg nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/oh… Police confirm Jayland Walker was unarmed. Footage shows Walker running away from police while they shoot at him indiscriminately, hitting him in the face, abdomen and legs. The medical examiner found Walker dead and lying on his back in handcuffs. washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/07…
Jun 28 4 tweets 2 min read
NEW: San Antonio police arrested a 19-year-old after he told a co-worker at an Amazon warehouse that he planned to carry out a mass shooting at the facility. A witness said the suspect called the Uvalde gunman an “idol” and had recently purchased an AR-15. news.yahoo.com/man-19-alleged… The suspect’s parents said the teen had been adjudicated mentally ill, making him a prohibited gun purchaser, but Texas doesn’t require background checks on unlicensed gun sales and federal background checks conducted in Texas don’t flag mental health admittance for juveniles.
Jun 24 11 tweets 4 min read
How to win a Senate in 10 years...

In April 2013, weeks after the Sandy Hook School mass shooting, I was sitting in the Senate gallery when Manchin-Toomey, a bipartisan bill requiring background checks on all gun sales, failed by six votes in the Senate. Four of the "no" votes were from Dem Senators: Baucus, Begich, Heitkamp, Pryor. They claimed they heard more from the other side (Heitkamp said opposition calls were 5 to 1). They said they worried about constitutionality. Really they feared the NRA. washingtonpost.com/politics/gun-c…
Jun 24 6 tweets 2 min read
WE DID IT!!! The Senate just passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act! This is the first major piece of gun violence prevention legislation the Senate has passed in over 25 years. Now it goes to the House, and then to President Biden's desk. #gunlawssavelives Image When I started Moms Demand Action in 2012 in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, gun safety was a third-rail issue. Almost no one would touch it, with many lawmakers choosing inaction because they were afraid of the NRA. #gunlawssavelives
Jun 23 4 tweets 2 min read
Let's be clear: Just as the US Senate is about to vote on historic, lifesaving legislation, SCOTUS struck down New York's concealed carry law. While the SCOTUS decision is out of touch, it doesn't touch the policy areas in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

#GunLawsSaveLives This decision is limited to the constitutionality of one aspect of New York’s law on the public carry of firearms, with immediate implications for only a handful of other states. It doesn't change the majority of concealed carry laws across the country.
Jun 23 4 tweets 1 min read
BREAKING: The Senate just voted 65 to 34 to invoke cloture on the gun safety bill with Sen. Mitch McConnell casting the final vote, number 65. Final passage is expected later Thursday or Friday. #GunLawsSaveLives FIFTEEN Republican Senators vote for cloture: Blunt, MO; Burr, NC; Capito, WV; Cassidy, LA; Collins, ME; Cornyn, TX; Ernst, IA; Graham, SC; McConnell, KY; Murkowski, AK; Portman, OH; Romney, UT; Tillis, NC; Toomey, PA; and Young, IN.
Jun 23 4 tweets 2 min read
BREAKING: SCOTUS just issued their opinion in NYSRPA v Bruen and they got it wrong. As our gun violence crisis gets even worse, SCOTUS has caved to the gun lobby's extreme agenda and will make it harder for some states and cities to protect public safety. #GunLawsSaveLives .@Everytown is doing a careful reading of the entire decision in NYSRPA v Bruen and will give more detailed analysis later today. But the fact that the Court ruled against New York makes it clear that it chose to put lives at risk and showed indifference to public safety.
Jun 21 15 tweets 4 min read
BREAKING: Senators @ChrisMurphyCT, @JohnCornyn, @KyrstenSinema, and @ThomTillis just released the "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act" which includes 8 major provisions to address varying forms of gun violence.

Let’s look at what this lifesaving bill does: momsdemandaction.org/everytown-moms… FUNDS FOR RED FLAG LAWS & CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES: Provides $750M over next 5 years for crisis intervention services like Red Flag laws. Can also be used for drug, mental health & veteran courts. Expands access to existing federal funding streams for Red Flag implementation.
Jun 21 9 tweets 10 min read
THEY DID IT!!! Following years of continued advocacy by @MomsDemand and @StudentsDemand volunteers, I was honored to join them today at the statehouse as Rhode Island's @GovDanMcKee signed THREE major, lifesaving gun safety bills into law.

#ripolitics The new laws include @MaryellnGoodwin and @tanzister’s bill to raise the age to purchase long guns to 21; @CindyCoyneRI and @Justine4RI’s bill to ban high-capacity magazines; and @SenMcCaffrey and @LeonelaFelix’s bill to prohibit open carry of long guns in public. #ripolitics
Jun 20 4 tweets 1 min read
AGAIN. Police are reporting multiple people shot at the location of the HBCU festival Moechella in Washington, DC, to celebrate Juneteenth. Police say a 15-year-old boy has died after a shooting at the Washington, DC, Moechella Music Festival. Three other people - including a police officer - were wounded following the gunfire. wtop.com/dc/2022/06/dc-…
Jun 16 8 tweets 5 min read
Last Saturday, 31 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front were arrested in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where they allegedly planned to riot at a local Pride event. But this was not an isolated event in a random place. There’s much more here… 🧵 Patriot Front members were not the only armed extremists in Coeur d’Alene last weekend. @FordFischer documented that many other armed individuals were present at the event, employing methods of intimidation against Pride event attendees.
Jun 16 5 tweets 3 min read
Holy shit. Florida’s shadow Governor is stepping down.

Hammer has been a Florida NRA lobbyist since the late 1970s and is credited with being the force behind most bad gun laws in in the state for more than three decades, including about 30 bad gun laws since 1998 alone. #flapol My favorite Marion Hammer stories… First, before @MomsDemand started, Hammer’s signature color was red. She always wore this blazer on the left to legislative meetings. It just so happens our signature color is red, too. So she stopped wearing red; we didn’t. ImageImage
Jun 16 4 tweets 2 min read
Forty eight Republican Missouri lawmakers signed a letter asking Sen Roy Blunt not to back a federal bipartisan gun safety bill because they’re concerned domestic abusers will have to give up their guns before they're convicted - 44 of the signers are men. newstalkkzrg.com/wp-content/upl… These same misogynists passed a new law that took effect last year making it illegal for law enforcement officers in Missouri to enforce certain federal gun laws, including the law that prevents convicted domestic violence abusers from having guns. kcur.org/politics-elect…
Jun 16 13 tweets 9 min read
A thread on the work @MomsDemand volunteers have done in the last few weeks while waiting for a vote on the first federal gun safety legislation in 26 years:

Supported legislation to strengthen New York gun laws; stood with @GovKathyHochul as she signed it into law. Testified in support of and helped pass gun safety ordinances in five Colorado cities that regulate open carry, ghost guns, etc. We’re now able to do this work in Colorado cities because last year we helped overturn the state’s preemption law - the first state to do so. #coleg
Jun 15 6 tweets 4 min read
I have to tell you a quick story. Four years ago when the NRA annual meeting was in Dallas, someone sent me this receipt. I tweeted it out and thanked Ellen's (@ItsBrunchOclock) for having gun sene. The NRA also tweeted it but told members to avoid Ellen's. The story went viral. Ellen's could have backed down. They could have stayed silent. Instead, they doubled down. They told the NRA to suck it. And guess what? Business went through the roof. A couple of months later, Joe - the owner - presented @momsdemand volunteers with a check for $15,000.
Jun 13 5 tweets 1 min read
Imagine someone who lives in Illinois or Massachusetts or Delaware, a state with strong Red Flag laws that aren’t utilized nearly as often as other states with these lifesaving laws. They call the police because after their neighbor threatens them during a dispute over lawn care. Police learn the man also owns firearms, but they don’t know they can or even how to file an Extreme Risk Protection order.

After visiting the man who made threats, they let him keep his guns. The next week, during another confrontation, the man shoots and kills his neighbor.
Jun 13 5 tweets 1 min read
Imagine there’s is a high school student who’s had run-ins with school officials and local law enforcement after making violent threats against his school and classmates.

On his 18th birthday, with his juvenile records sealed, he goes to a gun store and legally buys an AR-15. The teen is able to pay for the gun and walk out of the store within minutes, the power of a deadly weapon of war in his hands.
Jun 13 5 tweets 1 min read
Imagine a 30-year-old woman. She has a serious dating partner. She’s not married; many women are waiting longer to marry in America, or not getting married at all. Her partner is abusive and owns guns. She breaks things off and moves out, but he continues to threaten her. She gets a restraining order. But because they were never married, he is still legally allowed to keep his guns – despite the fact that women in America are now as likely to be killed by dating partners as by spouses.
Jun 13 6 tweets 2 min read
There’s a lot of sexism within and outside the gun violence prevention movement. It’s frustrating. But I will not abide the discussion of this Senate framework on gun safety legislation without the mention of the significance of closing the dating partner loophole. Federal law does not consider dating partners convicted of misdemeanor abuse to be prohibited purchasers. For a decade, @MomsDemand volunteers have worked to close this loophole in state law - we’ve done so in 30 states so far. nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-ope…
Jun 12 4 tweets 1 min read
The NRA hasn’t supported a single solution stop gun violence in the decade I’ve been doing this.

In fact, they’ve claimed women lie about abuse and would falsely make accusations against law-abiding men… They’ve claimed red flag laws don’t include due process, when four state courts have found them to be constitutional.

They’ve said they back the blue, while ignoring law enforcements’ pleas not to force open carry and permitless carry through state legislatures.
Jun 12 13 tweets 2 min read
BREAKING: A historic agreement has been reached by a bipartisan coalition of US senators on gun safety, mental health and school safety provisions.

If enacted, the framework would provide the basis for the first major federal gun safety law in 26 years. politico.com/news/2022/06/1… The framework would establish an enhanced background check process for gun buyers under age 21, provide federal funding to implement and incentivize state Red Flag laws, disarm domestic abusers by addressing the dating partner loophole…