Huge news: Yesterday, Michael Bloomberg announced that he'll spend $50 million this year on political campaigning for gun reform. That's more than the NRA will spend on campaigning against it.
The strategy: To save lives, mobilize moms.
Today, we're releasing an interview with the supermom in charge: Shannon Watts, head of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—which is essentially the Mothers Against Drunk Driving of gun violence. She's a mother of five, a force-of-nature communicator, and the NRA's worst nightmare.
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Do you remember that awful day, exactly one year ago, when the Senate failed to pass a bill to close the loophole that lets criminals buy guns at gun shows without a background check? If you were furious then, you'll love this podcast now.
You'll love it because you'll realize that the fight didn't end there—it didn't even take a break. Shannon explains how the movement has scored victories in states across the country, won changes from companies like Starbucks and Facebook, and put together a plan to make sure politicians never again think that voting against public safety is the politically safe way to go.
This isn't radical stuff. Requiring background checks for gun purchases and securing guns so that kids won't accidentally hurt someone are lifesaving no-brainers, supported by the vast majority of gun owners and Americans in general. But until now, even the simplest reforms have been politically impossible.
At last, that's all changing.
Hear how Shannon and the grassroots mom army are changing the politics and culture of guns in America—click here to open the podcast on iTunes.
Shannon's life changed the day of the Newtown massacre. She'd never been an activist; she'd never been involved in politics. But on that day, she realized she had to do something. So she started a Facebook page ... and, suddenly, she was leading a movement. It's an inspiring story, and it's one that all of us can become part of.
Thanks for the chance to share it. And thanks for all you do.
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