Shannon Watts @shannonrwatts Founder of @MomsDemand, grassroots army of @Everytown fighting for gun safety. Book “Fight Like A Mother” out May 28. IG: instagram.com/shannonrwatts 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.  https://www.denverpost.com/2019/04/14/columbine-high-school-shooting-gun-control/ 

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.  https://www.apnews.com/99e6a9b480a947eab6da194697b8a303 

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.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/2003/02/01/scholar-invents-fan-to-answer-his-critics/f3ae3f46-68d6-4eee-a65e-1775d45e2133/?utm_term=.676a5b5d1d0c 

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.  https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/politics/democratic-candidates-embrace-gun-control-in-notable-shift/2019/04/10/c2ba9bce-5a0f-11e9-842d-7d3ed7eb3957_story.html 

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).  https://everytownresearch.org/navigator/country.html 


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