Orange-clad advocates rally in the Capitol Rotunda during a Gun Violence Awareness Day event (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)
By Shanna Danielson
This weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend a nationwide training with MOMS Demand Action, a group dedicated to reducing and eliminating gun violence in our nation.
Two thousand dedicated gun violence prevention volunteers, leaders, and survivors from all 50 states came together to train, learn from each other, and celebrate our victories. While we were assembled together for lunch, we learned of yet another mass shooting in America, this time in El Paso, Texas.
It seems that not a day goes by without news of a shooting.
Mass shootings receive endless media attention, but we also regularly experience gun violence in our communities in central Pennsylvania.
There is so much we can do. An easy place to start is to pass the background check bill currently stalled in Washington. We need our senators in Washington D.C. to vote to require a background check on all gun sales.
Join MOMS Demand Action and ask U.S. Sens. Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R) to demand action, too. Text CHECKS to 644-33 and join our efforts.
Together, we can make a difference and make America a safer place to live.
Shanna Danielson, of Dillsburg, is the Legislative Lead for the Capital Region chapter of MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
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