Group of mothers work to raise gun violence awareness
CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Thousands of moms across the U.S. are fighting to protect people from gun violence. Many of them are volunteers at the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Some local moms on Saturday said they are on a mission to end gun violence in America.
“We’re trying to be more visible in our concern about that violence and our support for our kids and teachers and our communities to make them a safer place,” said Theresa Morgan, a volunteer for the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Maryland chapter.
About a hundred Americans are killed with guns every day, according to the Every Town Research Organization. Theresa Morgan a member of Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said it is an issue that has forced her to think twice before dropping her kid off to school.
“I have a daughter,” said Morgan.
“She’s in elementary school and I got to the point where I just couldn’t put her on the bus anymore and not do anything about it,” said Morgan.
“I have two children in school, and so I think about that everyday as we hear about school shootings that’s obviously something that comes across my mind as a parent,” said Michele Copper, the PFLAG Salisbury executive director.
Members of PFLAG Salisbury said it is not just schools that are affected by gun violence. Research shows there is a rising number of transgender women of color killed by violent attacks. That is why these women believe raising awareness is crucial.
“We’re always interested in raising awareness of violence against the LGBT community and recognizing and uplifting members of the LGBT community,” said Dr. Nicole Hollywood, a PFLAG Salisbury board member.
These moms said on Saturday that these conversations can often be scary for the community.
“It can seem scary and also a little bit polarizing, but there’s a serious middle ground and I definitely think we can make the world and our country and our community safer if we all work together and speak with one voice,” said Morgan.
Despite the challenges, people said it is a message that can make a difference for future generations.
On the other hand, some local gun supporters said they believe gun ownership can actually save lives and improve safety in communities.