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A Year after Sandy Hook Tragedy, Indiana Moms Continue Push for Gun Safety

PHOTO: A year after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Indiana mothers continue their work to encourage stronger gun safety laws. Photo courtesy of Moms Demand Action.
PHOTO: A year after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Indiana mothers continue their work to encourage stronger gun safety laws. Photo courtesy of Moms Demand Action.
December 12, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Moms from Indiana and across the country are marking the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Formed by an Indiana mom in the wake of the mass shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 first graders, Moms Demand Action now has more than 120,000 members and chapters in every state.

Indiana Chapter leader Nicky McNally says the group met with local, state and federal leaders and made some progress in building support for gun reform, but she says there's a lot of work to be done.

"Mothers were awakened by this terrible occurrence last December 14th and this issue is not going away,” she says. “And until we see that our children are safe on the streets of this country and in our schools we're not going to stop."

On Saturday, moms will gather in more than 35 states to honor the victims of the tragedy in Newtown and the thousands of Americans lost to gun violence every year.

An event on Monument Circle in Indianapolis starts at 9:30 a.m. and includes a communal bell ringing to remember the victims.

McNally says in Indiana, the Moms Demand Action chapter was able to help stop a proposal this year to allow armed individuals in schools.

But she says without common-sense state and federal changes to gun control, school leaders have had to take it upon themselves to implement measures to keep children safe.

"Schools are having to look at things like bullet-proof whiteboards and backpacks and lock-down drills and just crazy things they have to do in order to protect the kids because our government has been slow to act on things like background checks for all gun sales," she stresses.

McNally says with the escalating problem of gun violence in America, Moms Demand Action will continue to work towards middle-ground solutions, such as universal background checks, as well as changes to Stand Your Ground statutes and concealed-carry laws.

Moms Demand Action is sending paper bells to Congressional leaders this week to encourage them to support stronger gun laws.


Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IN