Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

September 26, 2013

Forum: Mich. must not wait for its Sandy Hook

Another mass shooting in the United States. When will it stop?

Every day 33 people die from gun violence in our country and nearly eight of those are children. The Navy Yard massacre is at least the sixth mass shooting since Sandy Hook. Since Newtown, there have been 8,241 media-reported deaths from guns. The CDC estimates 24,580 gun deaths, including suicide.

Michigan must not wait for our own Navy Yard, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Aurora or Virginia Tech. We must unite and work to prevent such a tragedy and stop the daily gun deaths in Detroit, Pontiac, Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids and all communities. In the words of Gabby Giffords: Enough is enough.

I am a mom, grandma, psychologist and person of faith. I must do what I can for gun sense in my community. I cannot be passive in the face of such tragedy.

What to do? Join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, founded the day after Sandy Hook. Like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to stop drunken driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (www.momsdemandaction.org) was created to end the epidemic of gun violence in America.

Moms Demand Action is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that educates, motivates and mobilizes moms and families to take action for stronger gun laws and policies that save lives. Moms Demand Action supports the 2nd Amendment, while demanding action on common-sense gun reforms from lawmakers at every level, as well as public and private institutions.

We believe this country’s lax gun laws, loopholes and policies have jeopardized the safety of our children and communities for far too long. We must let our state and federal legislators know that we support the following common-sense, evidence-based solutions to help reduce gun violence in the United States:

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