Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America calls for change after Arapahoe High shooting

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More photos, video below.
The video created by the national organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to mark the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre on December 14 (see it below) counts 26 school shootings in the year after that tragic day in Newtown, Connecticut. But since the clip was completed, there have already been two more, including Friday's attack at Arapahoe High. The head of MDAGSA's Colorado chapter sees this latest act of violence as a reason for change, and she doesn't thinkrecall backlash against new state gun laws will doom reform efforts.

At first blush, eighteen-year-old student Karl Pierson's awful assault at Arapahoe wouldn't seem to demand additional legislation, since he appears to have legally bought the shotgun with which he wounded Claire Davis, who remains comatose in critical but stable condition at this writing.

However, the main MDAGSA Facebook page considers the rules that allowed Pierson to make such a purchase as problematic in the extreme. A post about the shooting reads: "Colorado law allows eighteen-year-olds to buy shotguns and other rifles, but you must be 21 to purchase a handgun. It would have been more difficult for the gunman to purchase Sudafed than it was for him to buy bullets on his way to school that morning."

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Jennifer Hope, as seen in a recent interview with Fox31.
When asked if further reform to gun laws like this one might bring something good out of a thoroughly horrific incident, Colorado MSDAGSA chapter head Jennifer Hope, who lives in the Denver metro area, says, "I don't think there's any positive from this situation. Nothing. It's devastating. A girl is fighting for her life right now, and the shooter is also dead from gun violence. It's a horrible situation. Nothing good can come of it."

At the same time, though, Hope, a mother of eight kids between eight and thirty (she's also a grandma), acknowledges that "we do need to use incidents like this one to energize our base and get more moms out there and speaking up. More moms need to write their congressman, talk to their neighbors, talk to teachers and family members, so we can get some real gun laws in this country going."

Like so many Americans, Hope was thunderstruck by the Sandy Hook shootings and "realized I had to do something." So she looked for an organization trying to make a difference and found MDAGSA. "I became chapter leader," she notes, "and now we have 1,000 members in Colorado and 120,000 members nationwide. There are chapters in every state, and we're gaining momentum. We're going to get this done."

Post-Sandy Hook, Colorado led the way when it came to gun reform, passing laws calling for background checks and limits on high-capacity magazines. But afterward, gun-rights advocates pushed to recall many of those instrumental in passing the legislation, with both Senator John Morse and Representative Angela Giron losing bids to stay in office and Senator Evie Hudak resigning.

Hope's take on these developments?

Continue for more of our interview with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America's Jennifer Hope, including a photo and video.


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UpIsDown
UpIsDown

These mentally ill freaks need to take their show on the road. Our kids deserve to be protected in their schools, however these witches want to make sure the opposite happens. Once again, why don't these freaks ask the parents of the surviving kids at Arapahoe if they would have preferred the security guard who stopped the mass killing to be armed or dis-armed? I guarantee you 100% will answer 'armed'......Liberal freaks are not only useless they are dangerous.

Ben Faingold
Ben Faingold

It's funny because it's clearly the parents to blame for all the shootings raise your kids right stop putting the blame on other things

Dylan Profitt
Dylan Profitt

We legal "gun nuts" keep crime low (or save the government the cost of trying/imprisoning criminals)....you'll be thankful if there's one of us around when an owner with illegal intentions interferes with your idealistic life, or wish there was one of us around.

webpunk
webpunk

Looking at the bigger picture, universal background checks and bans on rifles based on features would not have stopped these mass shooters, as they always either pass a background check, locally, or take a relative/friend's gun. What a waste of time, but it's Bloomberg's money to throw away. At least several states are contributing to Mental Health

UpIsDown
UpIsDown

An ARMED security officer stopped this attack from going any further and forced this socialist freaks suicide. We know the shooter had plans to conduct as much carnage as possible as he was loaded to the teeth and carrying bombs. This group of mentally ill witches has no right to demand that my kids are un-protected in their classrooms when these things occur nor do they have the right to demand that people don't have the right to defend their own families. Period. These liberal/socialist freaks are the perfect argument AGAINST gun control. See how violent they are? Who is going to protect us from THEM? Hats off to the armed officer that saved numerous lives here.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

The Arapahoe High shooter passed a background check and purchased the gun used legally.  Background checks and 15 round magazine limits will not prevent many of these incidents from happening in the future.  If people want to solve this problem they should focus on improving mental health care in our society.  A mentally unstable person will always have access to items that can harm others.  Think of the many fertilizer based bombs used in history or the boston city marathon where a pressure cooker was used.  If a mentally unstable person is determined to hurt others they will find a way.  This kid had threatened his debate coach and his mental health should have been evaluated and addressed before the shooting occurred.  Ignoring mental health problems is the real issue in these types of incidents, not gun control.

Shawn Wilson
Shawn Wilson

I've got a whole closet full of guns all shapes all sizes all calibers I have shotguns I have automatic I have semi automatic I've single shot and not one of my guns has ever killed anyone in my house or anywhere else for that matter guns are not the problem its parents raising asshole children that's the problem and assholes like this woman saying that guns are the problem need to be slapped !;if we had guards in the schools with guns none of this shit would happen. every teacher in Israel has a gun guess what none of the shit happens over there... fucking retards

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Yet they're WILLING to OVERLOOK the FACT that ObamaRelease YourRecords & Cornyn Calls On Holder To Resign ‎Over Fast & Furious has Barack Obama HANDING OUT 1,000's of AK-47's to Drug Lords & Felons !!!

Matt Gunderson
Matt Gunderson

Their model is MADD? Funny I never seen MADD trying to ban cars. Or better yet high capacity cars.

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

Im a mom and I disagree that guns are the problem. The current laws should be better enforced. Mental health is an unaddressed problem that is growing. Ppl are unable to seek the care they need, usually due to lack of insurance or money. Parenting is also a problem. Kids arent parented properly anymore. America has become soft.

..Matt...
..Matt...

Why do guntardz lie so much?

The shooter was dead before the guard located him.

jimvacuum
jimvacuum

@UpIsDownhere is a solution stop the Television stations from publicizing these events.  This is what they want to be famous, but they take infamous as well.  I bet everyone can name the last three mass shooters, you see they got what they wanted.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@UpIsDown <=== the lying piece of crap who falsely claimed that there was no school security guard on site, and that an armed guard would have prevented this tragedy.


You = ZERO credibility.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@UpIsDown  @UpIsDown  "An ARMED security officer stopped this attack from going any further"


Complete bullshit from the sniveling simpleton who initially claimed this tragedy occurred  because there were no armed guards at the school.


1) the guard did not stop anything, the shooter killed himself before the guard even found where he was.


2) your idiotic "armed guards will prevent such tragedies" theory FAILS on the facts.


3) you're a drooling idiot.

textopcat
textopcat

@GuestWho A good start to make the death count drop would be to remove the "No Gun Zones".  We as a country tried the AWB and mag limits for 10 full years, and the bottom line is not one positive result occured, so why would we want to re-visit a failed policy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GuestWho  "This kid had threatened his debate coach and his mental health should have been evaluated"


Are there enough Mental Health Care providers in the WORLD to evaluate every teenager who threatens someone else?


Do the math and get back to us.

textopcat
textopcat

I am in the same situation.  Do you think our guns are retarded?

textopcat
textopcat

The MDA group, now openly funded by Bloomberg (and gang) was started by a paid media consultant, Shannon Watts.  Using social media to push "questionable" ideas into the public mainstream is her specialty. After seeing first hand her "press releases" and wild attacks on a peaceful group of families that differ from her agenda in Arlington, TX.  I have not thoughts that she is anything but evil.  An ordinary person could not be paid enough to make such attacks.

Also, MADD never did tell its members to make false police reports.  MDA does this on a regular basis, anytime they see a gun, there is a 911 call claiming that they are under serious threat and need police ASAP. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Gunderson ... you've never seen the American Automobile Association claiming that millions of owner/operators shouldn't be required to have Driver Licenses, Vehicle Registration or Liability Insurance either.


cohara1103
cohara1103

Or alcohol for that matter......they advocate for designated drivers and longer prison sentences for those convicted of the crime......

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Sorry I don't need excuses for my constitutional rights.

textopcat
textopcat

@..Matt... 

The shooter committed suicide when he was aware the guard was approaching.  The is not at all un-common for this type of event.  The shooter will commit (or attempt to commit) suicide as soon as it becomes obvious that there is another armed person in the area to stop him.  Apparently, it is a a "control" issue in that they seem to want to make sure that "they" stay in control to the very end.

This is another excellent argument for having more good guys with guns in all places, especially schools.  Merely the presence of a good guy with a gun stops most violence. Any thinking person would conclude that teachers should have the option of being armed.

..Matt...
..Matt...

Why do you watch those television stations?

UpIsDown
UpIsDown

@DonkeyHotay @UpIsDown The shooter killed himself after being confronted by an 'armed' security officer. Get your facts straight. The reason I didn't know that the guard had stopped the attack at that time is because the media wasn't reporting this fact. And they still are not reporting this fact. Do your research next time you open that hole under your nose. Lib-tard.

webpunk
webpunk

@DonkeyHotay@UpIsDownUniv background checks and bans on rifles based on features would not have stopped these mass shooters, as they always either pass a background check, locally, or take a relative/friend's gun. What a waste of time, but you're free to believe the billionaire's lies and commercials!!

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay     So you agree the american society is neglecting the mental health care of children and you admit that children are being allowed to make harmful threats against their peers without repercussions or adequate oversight?  Interesting...

webpunk
webpunk

@DonkeyHotay@GuestWhoIf shooters already pass a background check or steal a gun from someone else, how is the 'holy grail' close background check loophole going to stop mass shootings? It won't, that's why the gun control being proposed will fail

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@textopcat "The shooter committed suicide when he was aware the guard was approaching."


Complete BULLSHIT!


Why do gun-tards ALWAYS LIE?


The guard had NO IDEA where the shooter was until he heard the suicide shot emanate from the library.


Your "good guy" armed guard was not able to prevent this tragedy, no matter how many lies and deceptions you gun-loons attempt to deploy.



jimvacuum
jimvacuum

@..Matt...every television station carried it.  What are living in a fantasy world some even broke in on regular programs.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@UpIsDown <== lying piece of shit.


There was no confrontation, the shooter killed himself in the library, alone, before the school security officer even knew where he was.


Your original lie that because there was no armed security guard at the school this tragedy was somehow facilitated is proven to be just another typical Gun Loon Lie -- just like all the other bullshit and lies that you uneducated knuckle-draggin' Neanderthal gun-nut teatards spew.


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@UpIsDown @DonkeyHotay   Dang, the donk just got his fat ass spanked by UID.  

Donk, you are so predictable and so damn easy.  Typical brain-dead liberal.  You all are called "loony libs" for a reason.  

textopcat
textopcat

@GuestWho 

One thing that does not work is the "Zero Tolerance Approaches".  Punishment for "make believe" guns and "make believe bows/arrows" and for 2" jewelry that looks like a gun, only makes matters much worse. We need to get back to logical thinking.  Making every action a threat only means that real threats are ignored. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GuestWho "Why do gun antagonist continue to ignore and repeatedly fail to address the underlying issue of mental illness that is universal in these types of crimes?"


In the meantime while those societal problems are being addressed -- or ignored by a myopic populace -- should those suffering from mental illness be allowed unfettered, unrestricted and unlimited access to possess firearms?

@GuestWho "How many mentally ill adults and children should continue being denied adequate mental health care?"


While the Reichtards and Teabaggers continue to rail against Universal Healthcare -- which contains a provision mandating Insurance carriers cover Mental Health treatment -- should those suffering from mental illness be allowed unfettered, unrestricted and unlimited access to possess firearms?


@GuestWho "Why do gun antagonists [sic] continue to support gun "control" laws that allow people who are mentally ill to purchase guns legally with "ease"? "


So you support laws, restrictions and regulations that would limit access to firearms by the multitudes of Americans who suffer from Mental Illness.


Quelle surprise!





GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay   


Why do gun antagonist continue to ignore and repeatedly fail to address the underlying issue of mental illness that is universal in these types of crimes?


How many mentally ill adults and children should continue being denied adequate mental health care?


Why do gun antagonists continue to support gun "control" laws that allow people who are mentally ill to purchase guns legally with "ease"? 


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GuestWho ... How many mentally ill adults will it take to counsel all the mentally ill children in the U$A?


How many of them should be allowed to possess firearms?


Why hasn't the Repuglycan policy of eliminating government sponsored mental health care in favor of "prison therapy" worked since implemented by Ronald Reagan over 30 years ago?


textopcat
textopcat

@GuestWho @DonkeyHotay 

1) addressing the root cause is great, however, we do not have a reliable way to do that at this point in our understanding of mental issues

2) Mental illness does not mean that they are incompetent at accomplishing goals, like getting weapons, either by honest or dis-honest means.  To someone planning to kill it really makes no difference.

3) Banning guns will change the tool to something else, maybe something much worse.  Also, having a Bill of Rights, would prevent such actions in this country.

4) I very much enjoyed my time in Singapore, however, I would not want to live long term under such an oppressive police state.  Too easy to get into serious trouble by accident. And there are lots of guns and drugs in Singapore in the ships in the harbor.

textopcat
textopcat

@DonkeyHotay @webpunk 

It will not.  It will however limit the damage that any "psycho shooter" can do.  We currently have no way to predict the 1/10 of 1% of the people under mental treatment of some kind that will do harm.  We also know that being mentally ill does not mean that such people can not find a way to get a weapon, gun or otherwise.  So, about all that we can do with current technology is to limit the harm that they can do.  In almost every case it takes very little force or threat of force to stop such people.  They usually commit suicide as the preferred method of ending.  So, without a better alternative, we need to see that the number of good guys with guns is increased, especially in areas likely to be targets, like schools and malls.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@textopcat ... until those "good guys" go bad.

Remember that Karl Pierson, James Holmes and Jared Laughner were all "
law abiding gun owners" ... right up to the moment they pulled the trigger.

..Matt...
..Matt...

" to prevent mentally ill people from acquiring instruments that can be used to harm others?" 

So you support law and regulations restricting access to firearms?

Fascinating.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay     No, THE solution is to address the root cause of these incidents which is mental illness.  Why haven't the gun antagonists done anything to improve mental health care or to prevent mentally ill people from acquiring instruments that can be used to harm others? Keep spinning your wheels, supporting legislation that in the end solves nothing.  Unless we as a society are going to institute a full ban on all guns and enforce it like singapore, this problem will not be solved if we continue to ignore the underlying issue that causes these incidents.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GuestWho ... so your solution is MORE GUNS for MORE PEOPLE, increasing the overall availability of guns for the next "law abiding gun owner" to have access to when he goes berserk, eh?


GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @webpunk    So we all agree that the new gun laws have done nothing to prevent "psychos" from acquiring guns with "ease"?  Again, interesting...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@webpunk ... so how will MORE guns available to the public with fewer checks and regulations reduce the frequency and ease at which psycho shooters obtain guns ?



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