“No one should have to live in fear of gun violence, and in the year ahead you can help us do something about it,” says Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts in a video called “The State of the Gun Violence Prevention Movement.”
Created in conjunction with Moms Demand Action’s new partner, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the video was released in anticipation of President Obama’s State of the Union address and is designed to inform the public on where the gun-control movement stands today.
As both Watts and MAIG’s Executive Director Mark Glaze point out in the video, the organizations have made significant progress in 2013, “racking up many wins against the gun lobby.”
Those victories include the passage of various forms of gun control in at least eight states, a president that signed 25 firearm-related executive orders and a growing grassroots movement, at least 100,000 strong, firmly dedicated to the cause of reforming the nation’s gun laws.
Though, there were some setbacks for the gun-control movement, particularly at the federal level where the Senate failed to pass the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, an expanded background check bill that would have required background checks for private transfers made via the Internet and at guns shows.
The expanded background check bill was the centerpiece of Obama’s gun violence prevention plan following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Widely popular amongst the public, according to Gallup polling figures, and many within the gun-control community believed that the Senate would approve the measure.
Of course, it didn’t. The Senate vote fell six shy of the 60 needed to overcome a GOP-led filibuster on the bipartisan measure sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
In 2014, however, Watts and Glaze say things are going to go down differently as the “movement isn’t going to let an obstructionist minority stand in the way of the overwhelming majority of Americans.”
“We’re pushing for common-sense gun laws in Congress,” said Watts. “We want them to know that this fight isn’t over, it’s just beginning.”
Guns.com reached out to MAIG for comment on their ‘The State of the Gun Violence Prevention Movement. Erika Soto Lamb, a spokesman for the organization, talked about the reaching out to gun owners in 2014.
“We are committed to finding common ground with gun owners in 2014 and beyond — and we know that the vast majority of responsible gun owners support reforms that will save lives and keep our communities safe,” Lamb said.
She added, “We have heard from many gun owners — 74 percent of NRA members and 87 percent of non-NRA gun owners — who agree that it is too easy for dangerous people to get guns no-questions-asked via private sales online and at gun shows — we can start by closing these obvious loopholes.”