To the Editor:
This month marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of Moms Demand Action (MDA). The day after the Sandy Hook massacre, a mother named Shannon Watts felt she couldn’t stay silent any longer, and began MDA through a simple Facebook page. Just five years later, MDA has more than four million members, all of whom have also come to understand our patriotic responsibility to protect America from gun violence. In those five years, there have been many victories. MDA worked tirelessly for two years, playing an integral role in New Jersey’s passing SB 2483, forcing domestic abusers to turn in their firearms. In doing so, victims immediately became five times less likely to be murdered by their abusive partners, compared to victims in homes where guns were present. MDA has become such a powerhouse of passion and drive that every single candidate it endorsed in the 2017 elections won their seats, including Governor Phil Murphy, all while fighting the NRA’s enormous budget and political clout. Because of MDA and other gun sense organizations, politicians are no longer afraid to speak out against the NRA, and many even pride themselves on their NRA F-rating.
This month, we celebrate MDA’s half-decade of activism and selfless work, not only by remembering successes of the past, but also by looking ahead to its victories to come. Currently, MDA is fighting H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, allowing those with concealed carry permits to do so in school zones, and in other states where a background check would have prevented their getting a permit in the first place. On this anniversary, we honor what MDA has done: united patriotic Americans who wanted to make our country safer, helped pass legislation protecting the innocent, and perhaps most of all, showed us just how powerful each of us can be when we follow our convictions and decide to make change.
EYTAN STERN & EMILY BALL JABBOUR
Hudson County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America