Yesterday, I spent the day in our state capitol with an amazing group. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was founded after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting. Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to advocate for stronger laws and policies that will reduce gun violence and save lives. This nonpartisan group is a program of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country, with more than 3 million grassroots supporters. I have long followed their page on Facebook (see them here) and been a big supporter of their mission. On their Florida Lobby Day, over 60 people from across the state gathered in Tallahassee and held 100 meetings with our representatives to lobby for common sense gun legislation. The group included parents, grandparents, educators, men, women, and survivors of gun violence who are all working toward a common goal. I am so thankful for the hard work and commitment of everyone involved in this group. Visit their website to find out how you can get involved!
Below are Fred and Maria Wright — parents of Jerry Wright, a victim of of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Wright says his mission is now to push for legislation that would prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands. I was so inspired by their bravery and resolve.