Here's the Grape at Saturday's State House rally in support of OMMFGC's March on Washington:
We're also proud to live in Massachusetts, and support Rep. David Linsky's brave and important legislation to close background check loopholes, improve trafficking enforcement and mandate that all firearms owners purchase liability insurance. 8 to 9 children die every day in the United States of gunshot wounds.
That sad number would be much higher if we didn't have access to first rate emergency medicine in this country.
I'll repeat the sobering statistic and let it sink in: 8 to 9 children a day die of gunshot wounds in the United States. You'd better believe that as a mom, I want gun owners held liable if their firearms are used to harm any child, with or without criminal intent.
Consider: If 8 to 9 children were being killed by a toy everyday, the media would be unable to speak of anything else, Congress would hold hearings and the toy would be pulled from shelves in milliseconds. Politicians from both parties would scream about the need for better regulations.
Massachusetts moms and other concerned citizens: Your state senators and representatives NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU. Only 8% of Massachusetts voters own guns, but we learned at Saturday's rally that they are a vocal, angry minority. We who want better gun violence prevention legislation must make it clear that we are watching how our representatives and state senators vote on Rep. Linsky's bill, and that we will not support our representatives in their upcoming elections if they fail to support the measure. (Gov. Patrick has already indicated he would sign the bill into law.)
Here is the letter I sent today. Feel free to copy, paste and send it to your representative and state senator. You can look up your Massachusetts representatives here.
January 28, 2013
Dear Sen. Chang-Diaz and Rep. Rushing:
I am a constituent, I voted for you, and I am writing to ask that you support House Docket 2678: An Act to Reduce Gun Violence and Protect the Citizens of the Commonwealth. Like millions of American moms and other concerned citizens, I KNOW more can be done to reduce the everyday tragedy of gun violence and deaths. Representative Linsky’s bill will close loopholes in our existing state laws to help prevent additional gun violence in the Commonwealth.
I expect that you will join me, and One Million Moms for Gun Control, in supporting these common sense solutions to the increasing gun violence in Massachusetts.
I will be watching for your commitment to House Docket 2678.
Please know that this legislation is of extreme importance to me. I am particularly eager to see Massachusetts lead the nation in mandating that all owners of firearms purchase liability insurance for their weapons.
If you do not support HD 2678, I will not support you in your next election.
Thank you for your time.
Boston, MA 02118
(mom to a 3-year-old)