Founder Of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Claims Guns And Ammunition Easier to Purchase Than Sudafed
San Francisco, California - March 18, 2012 – In a recent interview on The Costa Report, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Shannon Watts, elaborated on the organization’s mission to reform current fire arms laws.
Modeled after “Mothers Against Drunk Driving,” Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has amassed 80,000 members within three months. The group organized to force state legislatures to pass gun laws aimed at preventing mass shootings similar to the tragedies at Newton, Aurora and Columbine. With 80 chapters and growing, Watts told Costa that the support of one out of every 20 moms in America is needed to equal the membership and political influence of the NRA.
Watts took advantage of The Costa Report’s long-format to spell out the three objectives for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: 1) To ban assault weapons and magazines which hold more than 10 rounds; 2) to require thorough background checks on gun and ammunition purchases (including online and gun shows); and 3) To report large ammunition sales to the ATF and a ban on-line ammunition offerings.
Host Rebecca Costa pointed out that polls indicate 86% of NRA members and more than 80 percent of all gun owners were in favor of better screening. On this point, Watts, the NRA and the American public share common ground. Watts responded by pointing out that 40% of gun purchases today are not subject to background screening. She places the blame for the lack of background checks on NRA leaders. According to Watts, the NRA financially benefits from the unrestricted sale of weapons and therefore, continues to support the status quo regardless of its member’s opinions.
To bring her point home, Watts described the current challenge in this way: “Everyday 8 children in this country are shot and killed, and we have to stop and ask ourselves why we are allowing this to happen. We live in a country where it is more difficult to go to CVS and buy Sudafed than it is to buy 600 rounds of ammunition online from your computer at home. There is something wrong with that.”
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About Rebecca D. Costa and The Costa Report
Rebecca D. Costa is an acclaimed American sociobiologist who offers an evolutionary explanation for current events and emerging trends. A new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman and Malcolm Gladwell, Costa attributes modern consternation - from terrorism, crime on Wall Street, epidemic obesity and upheaval in the Middle East - to genetic imperatives. Retiring from a career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing bestselling book The Watchman’s Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse. The success of the book in 25 countries led to a popular syndicated post-partisan talk radio program called The Costa Report. Rebecca D. Costa is presently represented by the Scott Meredith Literary Agency and American Program Bureau. For more information visit www.rebeccacosta.com.
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