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Shannon Watts
Shannon Watts is a 42-year-old mother of five children (two step-daughters, 23 and 19; two daughters, 17 and 16; and a 12-year-old son). For the past five years, Ms. Watts has been a stay-at-home mom in Zionsville, a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that, she had a 15-year career as a communications executive for both public relations agencies and Fortune 500 corporations. Ms. Watts was not an activist or involved in gun issues prior to the shootings at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012. The day after the tragedy, she started a Facebook page called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Since then, Moms Demand Action has become a nonprofit organization with tens of thousands of members and more than 80 local chapters across the country. Ms. Watts’ goal is for Moms Demand Action to become the Mothers Against Drunk Driving of safe gun laws.

Entries by Shannon Watts

With More Kids Playing at Home During Summer, Gun Safety Must Be a Top Priority

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 3:43 PM

School's out for summer, and kids and parents everywhere are ready for barbecues, beach trips, and Fourth of July fireworks. Summer also means more time spent playing at home. As more than two million American children live in homes with unsecured guns, this summer Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense...

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Why Aren't We Doing More to Keep Women Safe From Gun Violence?

(10) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:19 PM

The tragic shooting in Santa Barbara last week sparked an important conversation: why aren't we doing more to keep women safe?

For too long, women have been left out of the discussion about gun violence. We're 54 percent of the electorate, but only 19 percent of Congress. We account...

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American Moms One Year After Newtown: No More Silence About Gun Violence

(34) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 9:54 AM

Over the past year, I've introduced myself across the country again and again as an Indiana mom of five children who became an accidental activist on December 14, 2012. In just one year, what started out as a Facebook page put up the day after the tragic mass shooting in...

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The Tragic Story of Donald Maiden Jr.: An American Tale of Gun Violence

(160) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 1:50 PM

On Sept. 3, just a few days after Donald Maiden Jr.'s 8th birthday, he was playing tag outside his apartment building when a 46-year-old stranger walked up and shot him in the face. When police asked accused Brian Cloninger, who is white, why he shot Donald, who is...

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Gun Reform Is Dead; Long Live Gun Reform

(125) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 2:03 PM

Just hours after 13 Americans were shot and killed on a military base in our nation's capital, reporters and pundits began speculating that gun reform was dead. Headlines across the country, including the Chicago Tribune and Washington Post, could be summarized as: "No One Cares Anymore. Gun Reform...

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American Moms to Starbucks and CEO Howard Schultz: Ban Guns From Stores

(615) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 10:58 AM

In the weeks since Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched our petition calling on Starbucks to change its policy of allowing guns in its stores, we have been both encouraged and dismayed -- encouraged by the outpouring of support from moms and others in communities...

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American Moms Honor the Victims of the Aurora Mass Shooting One Year Later

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 4:46 PM

It was just a year ago that my son, Sam, became afraid of going to the movies. Ever since I can remember, it was a place that he loved, a place of adventure and wonder, and yet after the mass shooting at a screening of Batman in Aurora on July...

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Game Over: Tell the Gun Lobby to Stop Selling Guns to Our Kids Through Video Games

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 2:45 PM

After each mass shooting in America, so-called "experts" -- usually the leadership of the National Rifle Association, gun lobbyists, or sympathetic politicians -- wag an accusing finger at the video game industry. And the video game industry invariably pushes back, pointing to numerous studies showing no meaningful link...

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Keep Your Flowers on Mother's Day, I Want My Rights

(41) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:30 PM

This Mother's Day, eight American mothers will wake up having lost a child to gun violence the day before. Another eight mothers will go to bed having lost their children to gun violence on Mother's Day.

This American epidemic, which has become a public health crisis, goes unaddressed by...

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Moms Take the Hill Day

(68) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 8:07 AM

The image of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary children walking hands on shoulders, one after the other, on that horrific day in December is forever seared into America's collective memory. We were shook to our cores not only by the toll of the precious lives lost, but the realization...

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A Million Moms Against Gun Violence

(192) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 7:50 AM

An internal alarm has sounded in mothers across the nation. This bell can't be silenced. We were awoken on Dec. 14 by the nightmare images of 6- and 7-year-olds crying and clinging to teachers as they were led from Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was the unthinkable unfolding before our...

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