Each year in the U.S., approximately 40,000 women and men die from breast cancer. Our nation’s response has been honorable: searching for causes and improving detection and treatment. A similar number — 32,000 — are killed from gun-related deaths each year. But as a nation, our response has been to silence research, create loopholes, and turn a blind eye.
The recent massacre in Newtown, Conn., was tragic. But Newtown happens three times a day in the U.S. Individual homicides, suicides, and random shootings add up to 87 deaths each day. Each victim’s story may not be splashed across the front page, but that doesn’t make his or her death any less tragic. Behind each victim is a family, and a community, that will forever be ripped apart by tragedy.
Universal background checks, high-capacity ammunition magazine limits, and other sensible and responsible federal and state proposals can help. Opposing proposed legislation only serves to provide those convicted of domestic violence, felons, and fugitives from justice.
We are bringing a message of hope and action, along with the Olympia chapter for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a nonpartisan, grass-roots effort advocating for common sense legislation from Washington state to Washington, D.C. As mothers, we refuse to stand by.
A vigil and rally is planned for Saturday, April 20 — the 14th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School. We owe it to ourselves, and our children, to support these measures and demand action.