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Message to Gov. Snyder: "Not One More" Senseless Gun Death

PHOTO: More than 14,000 Michiganders have written to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, asking him to take steps to promote responsible gun ownership in Michigan. Photo credit: Kristen Moore, Everytown for Gun Safety.
PHOTO: More than 14,000 Michiganders have written to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, asking him to take steps to promote responsible gun ownership in Michigan. Photo credit: Kristen Moore, Everytown for Gun Safety.
July 3, 2014

LANSING, Mich. - When Governor Rick Snyder opens his mail on the eve of the Fourth of July holiday, he'll find 14,000 messages from Michiganders calling on him to make responsible decisions to help reduce gun violence in the state.

Kristen Moore, the Ann Arbor ambassador for Everytown for Gun Safety, helped collect and deliver the thousands of "Not One More" postcards, which she says are a plea for lawmakers to make gun safety a priority.

"We're just trying to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, domestic abusers, terrorists, the dangerously mentally ill, and minors," says Moore.

The campaign was inspired by Richard Martinez, the father of one of the victims in the recent shooting spree at the University of California Santa Barbara. In the wake of his son's death, Martinez asked Americans to convey the three words of "not one more" to lawmakers, in the hopes of reigning in the fever of senseless gun deaths around the nation.

Moore says her group would like to see legislation like House Bill 4774 move forward in Michigan. That measure would close certain loopholes related to background checks at gun shows.

"I'm a realist," says Moore. "I know we're not going to eliminate every single gun homicide and every single gun suicide. That's not realistic. But there is substantial empirical data that suggests background checks reduce gun crime."

An estimated 2.5 million postcards have been delivered to lawmakers nationwide since Martinez launched his grassroots campaign last month.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI