INDIANAPOLIS, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has launched a Father's Day campaign that asks members of Congress to support "gun sense" in honor of gun violence victims and their families. The national grassroots movement is inviting all male members of Congress to become honorary members of its Dads Chapter (http://www.facebook.com/MomsDemandActionDads).
Several members of Congress have signed on as honorary members, including Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Honorary Co-Chair) and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and Reps. Mike Thompson of California (Honorary Co-Chair) and Peter King of New York.
A media conference call sponsored by Moms Demand Action and featuring Dads Chapter co-chairs Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Mike Thompson will be held on the six-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown. Reporters are invited to call-in on Fri., June 14, at 2 p.m. EST: 877-229-8493, code 19995.
"Dads care deeply about their children's safety and should join Moms Demand Action to fight for common sense gun regulation that will protect their children from gun violence," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
"It is an honor and privilege to serve as an honorary co-chair of Moms Demand Action's Dads chapter," said Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA), chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. "As a hunter and gun owner, I support the Second Amendment Rights of lawful gun owners. As a father and grandfather, I also believe we must do everything we can to keep guns from criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill. We can do both, and we should start by passing comprehensive background checks."
"As the father of two young boys, I can't stand by and accept that so many children are killed by gun violence every year," said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). "We have the power to make real reforms to our gun laws, and those changes will make our streets and our schools safer. I'm pleased to join Moms Demand Action and its Dads chapter to push forward with common sense gun reform."
"I am proud to stand as an honorary member of the national Dads Chapter for Moms Demand Action. The Sandy Hook tragedy should never be repeated; parents should not have to worry about the safety of their children in schools or in their neighborhoods," said Rep. Peter King (R-NY).
Moms Demand Action is encouraging moms to create homemade neckties from paper and yarn that read, "I Have Gun Sense." The paper ties will be sent to legislators with an accompanying card wishing them a happy Father's Day (http://momsdemandaction.org/fathers-day/) and either thanking them for their gun sense or asking them to support gun sense by passing new and stronger federal gun laws. Moms Demand Action members also will photograph husbands, fathers, and brothers wearing their homemade neckties and share them through social media outlets.
Tie-making instructions can be found at http://momsdemandaction.org/fathers-day/. Photos should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tweet and Instagram the photos using the hashtag #ihavegunsense.
"Moms Demand Action is proud to count among our champions in Congress Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy and Rep. Thompson, all of whom work tirelessly to strengthen federal gun laws and protect our children across the country from preventable gun violence," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
"Moms Demand Action is a mom-founded organization, but our members are not just moms – they are also dads, brothers, uncles, and grandfathers who care about gun reform. This Father's Day we are asking all caring family members with gun sense, including dads and elected officials, to join us in our fight for common-sense gun laws. In a country where a child or teen is shot every 30 minutes, we must join together to demand our leaders listen to the majority of Americans who want background checks and an assault weapons ban," said Watts.
About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (www.momsdemandaction.org) was created to build support for common-sense gun legislation. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just six months, the organization has more than 100,000 members with more than 90 local chapters in 40 states across the country.
SOURCE Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America