Shannon Watts @shannonrwatts Founder of @MomsDemand, grassroots army of @Everytown. The @NRA’s worst nightmare. Author of “Fight Like A Mother.” IG: Apr. 15, 2019 1 min read

This @denverpost article fails to mention the progress being made in statehouses: 20 states passed stronger laws in 2018; nine were signed by Republican governors. Congress hasn’t acted, but that’s not typically where this work begins; it’s where it ends. 

The article also presents a false narrative that Americans are divided over the issue of gun safety: they’re not. If we continue our electoral progress (also not mentioned in the article), the days of gun lobbyists writing our gun laws are numbered. 

In addition, the article cites John Lott Jr as though he’s a credible researcher: he’s not and shouldn’t be appearing as a source of knowledge in any credible news outlet. 

The article also doesn’t mention the influencers, CEOs and politicians who are making gun safety a priority in their corporate and policy platforms. Every Democratic presidential candidate is prioritizing gun safety; a sea change in American politics. 

Finally, if the article’s premise is that background checks haven’t passed Congress so all hope is lost, it should have mentioned that a related bill just passed the US House and 22 states require background checks on all gun sales (up from 14 in 2012). 

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