Shannon Watts Profile picture
Founder of @MomsDemand, grassroots army of @Everytown. NRA’s worst nightmare. Fight Like a Mother author.
eDo Profile picture Liz Profile picture Adam Smithee Profile picture BlackeyedSusan28 ~At Home Forever~Joe & Kamala~BLM Profile picture Nion McEvoy Profile picture 23 added to My Authors
6 Aug
.@Everytown and @MomsDemand have been warning regulators and the public about the @NRA's corruption for years. They endangered millions and did unspeakable damage to our political system. We agree with NY AG Letitia James that dissolution and all other remedies must be considered
The @NRA calls itself a non-profit but seeks to enrich the gun lobby and its own leadership at every turn. For years, we've asked regulators to hold the NRA accountable for blatant violation of non-profit law, and we're thrilled NY AG Letitia James is doing exactly that.
Thoughts and prayers today to the @NRA, which is losing money and political power so quickly that soon there might not be anything left to dissolve. And they're as out of touch with voters as they are with NY law - come November, we’ll make sure they’re out of power, too.
Read 6 tweets
17 Jul
BREAKING: Breonna Taylor was alive for six minutes after being shot, and she was left unattended for 20 minutes. They didn’t even try to save her.…
435 people protesting the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor have been arrested since she was killed 126 days ago. None of the police officers involved in her death have been arrested. #BreonnaTaylor
Read 2 tweets
15 Jul
Unbelievable. Texas Sen. John Cornyn is pretending to champion gun safety because his new Democratic opponent - @mjhegar - is a @MomsDemand Gun Sense Candidate, something he knows the vast majority of Texas voters support. But let’s look at Cornyn’s actual record... #TXSen
Cornyn has an A+ rating from the @NRA. The only bill he’s supported was Fix NICS - a baby step in the grand scheme of lax gun laws. He opposed: closing the federal background checks loophole, closing the boyfriend loophole, and the reauthorization of VAWA.
Gun lobbyists and related special interests like the @NRA gave Cornyn $191,825 from 1989 to 2018. That was more than all but two other members of Congress — Representative Don Young of Alaska and Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.…
Read 9 tweets
15 Jul
A conversation with NYPD representatives on @donlemon on @cnn seems to be blaming “defunding the police” for an increase in gun violence in city centers. Let’s be clear about a few things...
The police haven’t been defunded in any large scale manner. Some municipalities and state legislatures have taken common-sense steps to hold police accountable, like banning chokeholds, and we need other states to take the same steps.
But gun manufacturers are fear mongering about protests to sell guns, which is dangerous and wrong at a time when the threat of gun violence is on the rise, hospitals are overflowing with patients, and we’ve already seen multiple incidents of armed extremists shooting protestors.
Read 8 tweets
5 Jul
The sexiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life is Christopher Jackson singing One Last Time in Hamilton.
I forgot that my husband is on twitter now (😬) and I’d like to clarify that this song is *among* the sexiest things I’ve seen.
Read 2 tweets
4 Jul
Yesterday there were three mall shootings at once in America: in Alabama, Massachusetts and Ohio.

In Alabama, Royta Giles Jr., 8, was waiting in line with his family at The Children’s Place at the Riverchase Galleria when a gunman opened fire and fatally shot him in the head.
Meanwhile in Massachusetts, a 15-year-old girl was shot and injured after being struck by a stray bullet during a shootout between two men at Braintree’s South Shore Plaza.…
And in Ohio, a shooting at Beachwood Place sent shoppers running through the mall in panic after two men got into an altercation near Saks Fifth Avenue, and one pulled a gun and shot the other in the leg.…
Read 4 tweets
2 Jul
BREAKING: Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42, have each been charged with one count of felonious assault for using their guns to threaten Takelia Hill and her teen daughter outside a Chipotle.

The Wuestenbergs are licensed gun owners in Michigan.
Police confiscated their loaded weapons and they will be arraigned later today.

Eric Wuestenberg worked as a coordinator for veterans support services at Oakland University. On Thursday, the university said he had been fired.…
Read 2 tweets
1 Jul
Mark McCluskey on @CNN claims he had to hold protesters at gun point because they were coming into his property. When asked by Chris Cuomo if he has video from security cameras, McCluskey says, “I’m not going to discuss the specifics of my home security on national television.”
McCluskey tells Cuomo he didn’t want to go on his show. Earlier he was on Tucker Carlson saying protesters with “spittle coming out of their mouths” were going to kill him and burn his house. He says he’s an “urban pioneer” and his Black clients love him.
Read 2 tweets
28 Jun
This post is by a city council member in Yelm, Washington. Earlier this afternoon, Sacha Baron Cohen crashed the event of Washington 3% - a right-wing group of armed insurrectionists and white supremacists - in Olympia.

I look forward to the video...
I guess the armed white supremacists weren’t very happy about their racistpalooza being crashed by Sasha Baron Cohen.

Read 6 tweets
20 Jun
A man in Atlanta was arrested after he pulled an AR-15 out of his car and fired into a crowd of Juneteenth rally-goers last night. As the man tried to flee the scene, his vehicle struck a protester. #gapol…
Videos taken by witnesses who saw the incident show the driver of the car grab his weapon after becoming upset at Juneteenth participants who blocked an intersection for eight minutes in honor of George Floyd. #gapol…
Read 2 tweets
16 Jun
Last night a member of the New Mexico Civil Guard - a group of armed insurrectionists run by a self-described member of the boogaloo - shot a protester. The shooter is the son of a former Sherriff. Police had referred to NMCG as “heavily armed friendlies.”…
The armed insurrectionists in New Mexico had guns, semiautomatic rifles and body armor - all to “protect” a conquistador statue from being torn down. The mayor now says the statue will come down immediately.…
“The heavily armed individuals who flaunted themselves at the protest ... were there for one reason: To menace protesters through an unsanctioned show of unregulated force ... with an implicit threat of violence; that violence did occur is unspeakable,” New Mexico Gov. @GovMLG
Read 5 tweets
12 Jun
DENVER: A 36-year-old man shot and killed Isabella from the window of his apartment with an AR-15 as she and her boyfriend walked a dog. The gunman was angry that the dog was going to the bathroom in front of his apartment. Isabella’s boyfriend was shot and injured. #coleg
Isabella’s father: “My heart is broke. I’ve never gone to sleep crying and woke up crying in my life. I’ve been through a lot. I can’t replace what was taken today ... she was walking her dog with her boyfriend. That was it." #coleg…
Read 2 tweets
6 Jun
BREAKING: Police have arrested Anthony Brennan of Kensington in the Bethesda assault of children posting George Floyd materials.
He’s been charged with three counts of 2nd degree assault.
Read 4 tweets
4 Jun
Colorado @MomsDemand volunteers showed up today to testify in support of The Police Accountability and Integrity Act, championed by @leslieherod, @SenRhondaFields, @Leroy_Garcia and @SerenaForCO. #copolitics #coleg
The bill would require body cameras; eliminate “fleeing felon" laws; require law enforcement agencies must track and report data; deny qualified immunity; and create a system to hold law enforcement accountable.

Read the bill here:
Read 4 tweets
4 Jun
There's a lot of tragedy right now, but please don't forget that right now many American women are isolated with their abusers - abusers who have easy access to guns, especially given the historic spike in gun sales in March and April.

These vulnerable women need help.
Just in the month of May:

In Milwaukee, a man Tuesday fatally shot a 48-year-old woman outside a Walgreens where she worked, in an apparent act of domestic violence.

In Houston, a man shot and killed his 7-month old pregnant ex-girlfriend, and shot her mother and sister.
In South Carolina, a woman and her two teenage children were fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend, who later shot and killed himself.

A San Antonio woman was shot in the leg by her intimate partner. Police has been called to the home 12 times since January for domestic disturbances.
Read 8 tweets
31 May
James Scurlock, a 22-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by a white bar owner on Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska, during a George Floyd protest. Witnesses said the gunman used racial slurs before the shooting. #JamesScurlock…
The gunman is the owner of two Omaha bars, and he described himself as a libertarian, a former Marine, and a 2016 volunteer for the Trump campaign. His bars have received social media complaints that they discriminated against Black patrons. #jamesscurlock…
Live press conference: Don Kleine, Douglas County Attorney in Omaha, says, "There was damage to property and Mr. Scurlock was killed." He says no racial slurs were used by the shooter and that #JamesScurlock "damaged property" before going to the bar where he was fatally shot.
Read 10 tweets
25 May
These are the gun extremists who hung the Kentucky Governor in effigy in Frankfort. They’re called “Three Percenters,” the wing of American armed insurrectionists that “guarded” the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Photos @Reuters by Bryan Woolston at @reuterspictures
The armed men were protesting possible gun safety laws, coronavirus restrictions, and Gov. Beshear: “Grown men have been hiding in homes nearly wetting their pants over this invisible enemy that nobody sees. Where is it at? Let it come out and face us.”…
These American groups of gun extremists, who are often made up of armed white men with ties to white supremacy, are distracting police, threatening lawmakers and public health officials, and fomenting racism - all during a public health crisis.
Read 3 tweets
22 May
Of women who say they participate in Zoom meeting each week, 40% are Democrats, 25% are Republicans and 36% are independents. One in four women say they're talking about politics and current events, which translates to millions of voters.…
.@MomsDemand provides Zoom accounts to all volunteers, as well as Hustle, Slack, VAN and other technologies to make them effective activists and connected as a community. During COVID-19, over 20,000 of our volunteers have taken over 60,000 actions, similar to last year offline.
We’ve used Zoom and other technologies this spring to stop bad, NRA-supported bills in Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina. We’ve used it to secure CalVIP funding, and to get school boards in California and Oregon to agree to send secure storage info home to families.
Read 3 tweets
21 May
.@Everytown just announced we will invest at least $5 million in Arizona for the 2020 elections. Our nearly 200,000 @MomsDemand and #StudentsDemandAction supporters in the state will target key battleground Maricopa County.

Westgate #AZleg…
Arizona gun laws are among the weakest in the country, with no legal requirement for background checks on unlicensed gun sales. But to date, Arizona lawmakers have refused to take action to reduce gun violence, even when more than 1,000 Arizonans are shot and killed every year.
A 2019 poll found a majority of Arizona voters support stronger gun laws: 54% of respondents said current gun laws in Arizona are not strict enough, while 37% said they should be kept the same. Less than 5% said current gun laws are too strict.…
Read 3 tweets
19 May
Help me fuel the fight to #EndGunViolence by donating to one of these effective, crucial local gun safety organizations. They’re fighting on the frontlines of both the gun violence crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donate here:
@MomsDemand #WearOrange
Read 5 tweets
15 May
THEY DID IT!!! Some Missouri legislators tried to force guns into schools during the pandemic by tacking amendments onto bills unrelated to firearms and without opportunity for public input. But @MomsDemand volunteers shut it down VIRTUALLY as session closed tonight. 💪 #moleg
In April, lawmakers returned for a short session to address the COVID-19 crisis. The House the. adopted three amendments to a bill that would have armed more teachers, punished law enforcement for acting on gun violence, and allowed more guns in schools, daycares and bars.
Last week, @MomsDemand held a press call to raise the alarm about the extreme gun measures expected to pass the Missouri House. This session, our volunteers made 900+ calls and sent 2,000+ emails to Missouri lawmakers, including in opposition to these risky amendments.
Read 4 tweets