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It's Up to Moms to Get Gun Laws Changed

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School shooting after school shooting, I stare at the TV and think about all the women who have lost their children: Sandy Hook. Columbine. Virginia Tech.

When we send off our kids, some of them still with baby teeth, we are doing it with visions of them fulfilling their dreams, of becoming something that makes them feel like they are contributing to society. We send our kids to school so that they may live life, not end it.

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A few weeks ago the nightly news was on in my house, and, again, they were covering another mass shooting at a Umpqua Community College in Oregon. My 10-year-old son, just off his bike, his helmet still on, watched clips of the violence before I could grab the remote and turn it off. He turned to me and, as if reading my mind, said, "Don't worry Mommy, I won't be afraid to go to college."

It broke my heart.

When your kids are afraid to go to college or see a movie, how can people say this country is truly free? No child, teenager, adult, HUMAN, should have to worry about going into a place of learning, worship or entertainment like a movie theater and be afraid they will be sitting ducks.

I don't want my kids to be shot and killed at school, in their elementary school, in their middle school, at their high school or college. I don't want my children to be mowed down in a movie theater, at a church service or community meeting.

Gun violence is happening now in my community, in your community, in every U.S. community. Who's proud of that? Someone is bringing a gun to the school down the street. Someone is buying a gun online when really, they shouldn't have it. And someone, somewhere is planning the next mass shooting. This is a fact.

Do your jobs, Moms of America. Protect your kids.

It will happen again. The question is: This time will it be your child or mine?

Moms everywhere, let me say this clearly: We, alone, have the ability to protect our children and make change. If we sit by and do nothing about enacting common sense gun reform, and if you actively vote against establishing gun ownership protocol in this country, the blood is on your hands—the same hands you promised to protect your children with when you brought them into this world.

According to the New York Times, and fact-checked many times over, "More Americans have died from guns in the United States since 1968 than on battlefields of all the wars in American history."

If you had the opportunity to save the life of your child or another person's child, by, for instance, ending war or with the cure to cancer, would you use it? Well, we do have that chance. We have a chance to combat what is the worst health crisis in our land, the chance to end this war of violence. The only thing we have to do is open our damn mouths and start saying something.

Mothers need to take charge and fight for common sense gun laws, universal criminal background check, permits or even a license to purchase a weapon. And the best way to do that is to have your voice heard through your vote. Demand laws for common sense gun reform. Vote for lawmakers who will pass them. Put an end to this nightmare in the United States.

Do your jobs, Moms of America. Protect your kids.

Because if you don't do something, or if you vote for a senator, congressperson or anyone in charge who will not take a look at common sense gun reform, you have blood on your hands.

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If you do nothing, and, God forbid, if your child is killed by a gun, there's no one to blame but yourself.

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