Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 26, 2013

Forum: Mich. must not wait for its Sandy Hook

By Linda K. Brundage

---- — 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:

n Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases;

n Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds;

n Track the sale of large quantities of ammunition, and ban online sales;

n Establish product safety oversight of guns and ammunition, and require child-safe gun technology;

n Support policies at companies and public institutions that promote gun safety;

n Counter the gun industry’s efforts to weaken gun laws at the state level.

Write your legislators, call, e-mail, go to legislative hearings, go to rallies, write letters to the editor. Make your voice heard as a member of the vast majority of Americans who want common-sense solutions to reduce gun violence.

In the words of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, “Let us honor those lost, and save those who will be lost if we fail to act, by rolling up our sleeves and engaging in the hard work of participatory democracy.”

It is a moral imperative to reduce gun violence. We are all part of the interdependent web of life, any loss is all our loss. Join Moms Demand Action and be part of the solution. At facebook.com/momsdemandactionMI

About the author: Linda K. Brundage of Lansing is a licensed psychologist and founder of the Mid Michigan chapter of Moms Demand Action and current state leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Brundage, who holds a doctoral degree in education, is also a mother, grandmother and person of faith. By e-mail at: MI@momsdemandaction.org)