Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America calls for change after Arapahoe High shooting
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.
More photos, video below.
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."
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."
Jennifer Hope, as seen in a recent interview with Fox31.
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.