Every day, 96 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured. The effects of gun violence extend far beyond these casualties—gun violence shapes the lives of millions of Americans who witness it, know someone who was shot, or live in fear of the next shooting. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans advocating for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. Since its founding in 2012, following the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, Moms Demand Action has campaigned for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. It has also worked to develop a non-political gun safety program, BeSMART, which aims to educate communities to keep children safe from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country. It is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 5 million supporters.
Emily Yosmanovich, a leader with Moms Demand Action of Virginia, will present about the organization to the Northern Virginia Ethical Society. The discussion will include statistics on the gun violence epidemic in America, as well as the specific legislative changes Moms Demand Action advocates for and why. Attendees will learn measures to increase safety for our families and local community, as well as how to get involved in the movement to end gun violence at a state and federal level.