Why does @MomsDemand fight to stop open carry inside restaurants and retailers? Because in most states it’s unregulated - unlike concealed carry, which in most states requires a permit, background check and training. And because it sends a strong cultural signal to the gun lobby.
We’re not anti-gun. We simply want to restore the responsibilities that go along with gun rights. That’s why we fight legislatively to strengthen states’ gun permitting systems. And it’s why we fight electorally for lawmakers who support gun safety.
But open carry is dangerous.
And we’re grateful companies that change their policy also join the broader fight for gun safety
“We join those encouraging elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence,” @kroger
“We support the efforts of individuals and groups working to prevent gun violence,” @cvspharmacy
"We encourage our nation's leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger," @Walmart
There are those who won’t support of incremental gains. But gun violence prevention is a marathon, not a sprint. Women and moms are used to the unglamorous, heavy lifting of grassroots activism - after all, it took us five years to get these companies to move. But we keep going.
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